[RML] FYI: Heiko Bleher in online collecting expedition

rhondawi at sprynet.com
Mon, 7 Jul 1997 08:58:20 -0700

PETSFORUM GROUP TO COVER FISH EXPEDITION ONLINE!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 2, 1997

SHEFFIELD, AL - The PetsForum Group announced today that it will provide the
FIRST EVER live online coverage of a fish collecting expedition! Named
"FishNet Explore '97", this endeavor will bring the excitement and adventure
of
a rare journey into the remotest part of an unexplored region of the Amazon
to
computer screens around the world. Full coverage of the expedition will be
available exclusively on CompuServe.

The PetsForum Group will join world-renowned ichthyology explorer and
photographer Heiko Bleher for the expedition. Team members will be equipped
with the latest in computer technology and satellite communications
equipment,
allowing them to interact daily with computer users worldwide.

"I am delighted about this opportunity for the PetsForum Group and
CompuServe
members", said John Benn, President of PGI. "I am especially excited about
the
possibility of the 50-100 brand new species of fishes the Team may be able
to
discover and photograph. This is a great opportunity for computer users
around
the world to be there on the edge of discovery."

Computer users who wish to chat with and ask questions of Team members
during
their trip may do so by accessing CompuServe Interactive. Online coverage
begins immediately with a message section on CSi's Aquaria/Fish Forum (GO
FISHNET). Through this message area, computer users can participate in the
advanced planning for the trip that is due to commence on July 25. On July
21,
CSi will launch a special menu area for the event which will cover all
aspects
of the expedition, including photography and related web sites. (GO AMAZON)

Once the trip is underway, computer users will be able to directly
communicate
with the expedition Team as they travel to one of the most remote areas
remaining in South America. Team members will send daily photos of their
activities, personal journals, and conduct live chat sessions exclusively on
CSi.

Personal computer owners can obtain free software to access CSi and follow
the
"FishNet Explore '97" efforts by calling 1-888-517-1374, and asking for the
ANIMALS offer code.

More information about "FishNet Explore '97" is available now on the
Internet
at <www.petsforum.com/fnexplore/>. Sponsors of this event include
Marineland,
a Division of Aquaria, Inc., and AquaScience Research Group.

_______________________________

The PetsForum Group is the world's largest provider of electronic
information
and services about pets and animals. The PetsForum Web Service Center is
the
fastest growing Internet site dealing with pets and animals and is
complimented
by additional services and information on CompuServe Interactive.

Founded in 1969, CompuServe Incorporated provides the world's most
comprehensive online/Internet access through its two brands, CSi and
SPRYNET.
Through CompuServe, its Japanese licensee NIFTY SERVE and its affiliates
around
the world, more than 5 million home and business users in more than 185
countries are connected online and to the Internet.

NOTE: CompuServe, CSi and SPRYNET are trademarks and/or service marks of
CompuServe Incorporated and its affiliates.

CONTACT: John Benn of PetsForum Group, Inc., at 205-386-7687 or email at
petsforum at cis.compuserve.com.