Sulawesi comes to Oxford

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Sulawesi comes to Oxford

Divers in the vicinity of Oxford on Tuesday, 4 October are invited to join a free “virtual tour” of what has been described as one of the world's most pristine reefs.

Underwater photographer and Coral Triangle marine-biology expert Dr Richard Smith, who is based in nearby Burford, will be giving a presentation about the marine-life off the tropical island of Onemobaa in south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia.

His “Discovery Evening” takes place from 7 to 9.30pm at the Four Pillars Oxford Thames Hotel in Sandford-on-Thames. Tour operator Dive Worldwide, which has organised the event, promises that it will also provide an “opportunity to meet like-minded dive and travel enthusiasts and share stories”. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Onemobaa’s Wakatobi Resort is where Smith conducted the first ecological research on pygmy seahorses, in which he specialises. He will be leading a Dive Worldwide trip there in just under two years’ time. To attend the evening, email, or call 01962 302 087.

If you are unable to make the Oxford event but are interested in seeing a presentation by Richard Smith, you can catch him later in the month on the Centre Stage at DIVE 2006, the Dive Show at the National Exhibition Centre, on 22 and 23 October.

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