February 8, 2005 Post subject: White Shark Research Expeditions
A friend of mine showed me this the other day and I thought some of you might be interested, apparantly they still have places left for 2005. Unfortunately I can't go because of work, but I thought someone here may want to.
Join the ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research for a unique opportunity to participate in our on-going study of the predatory and social behavior of the White Shark in False Bay, South Africa.
We at ReefQuest are dedicated to education and research and during our trips, participants will have the opportunity to learn hands-on about White Shark biology and contribute to our ongoing studies. Applicants selected for our expeditions will assist in conducting and documenting experiments designed to reveal aspects of the mental processes, predatory strategies, and social hierarchy of one of our planet's most feared and least understood creatures.
Based in beautiful Simon's Town, South Africa - a safe, charming little community, rich in nautical history, located some 22 miles (35 kilometres) south of Cape Town - our team will enjoy an incredible 14-day experience with the White Sharks of False Bay.
Field research will focus on White Shark learning, feeding, and social behavior and be accomplished during two weeks of topside and underwater observation. Led by Alex Barron together with local Great White Shark research pioneers Chris Fallows of Apex Predators and Rob Lawrence of African Shark Eco Charters, six lucky applicants per Expedition will be selected.
Your Expedition also includes a series of informal, slide-illustrated talks, each followed by a question-and-answer session.
The expedition dates will be
June 16 – 29
July 16 – 29
The package price is us$3295, this covers: airport pick-up and drop-off, 15 nights' accommodations, all breakfasts and on-board lunches, up to 10 days* of White Shark observation from cage and the deck of our research vessel, travel to and from our research site off Seal Island, dive tank and weight rental, and unlimited access to Expedition biologists and naturalists. Does NOT include airfare.
These Expeditions are open to anyone interested in observing White Sharks in the wild and learning more about their biology and behavior. The Great White is a complex enigma. Thus, diversity of background and experience among Expedition participants will enhance our research efforts.
We do not require that participants are certified scuba divers (except those hoping to dive in the shark cage), but strongly prefer individuals who are physically fit, work well under pressure and collaborate well with others composing our team. Skills that would prove especially helpful to our research efforts include: nature or sports photography and/or videography (topside and/or underwater), experience working with or around animals (wild or domestic), experience designing and conducting research of any kind (including scientific or business), and writing or broadcast journalism.
For more information visit www.reefquest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.