10. Second Stage of Coral Reef Expedition 2001-2004
The Heraclitus crossed the Pacific to North America, sailing from Guam to Seattle and finally San Francisco where it docked in Oakland, the place it had been built 28 years before. Docking near Jack London Square, a quarter century of exploration was celebrated, including then mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown. The ship continued to Los Angeles and Ensenada, Mexico, where another voyage was launched across the South Pacific, where Planetary Coral Reef Foundation performed coral studies from the Marquesas to Coral Sea countries including a major stop at Rarotonga.