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Sharklife Conservation Group

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Having a great time on the ocean trying out our new research equipment which will be in full use shortly during our ragged-tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) study. Thanks to #natgeo for our #trident ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which will assist us in collecting photo ID pictures of the raggies unique spot patterns, now we just need to get used to driving it. 
Was also good to test our RUV (remote underwater video) casing to make sure it could withstand the pressure experienced at depth, and of course to ensure it is completely waterproof before we put our cameras in. ...
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#science #research #oceanresearch #researchlife #marinebiology #womeninoceanscience #sharks #sharkresearch #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #marineinternships #natgeo #natgeowild #underwaterdrone #ROV #testing #goodtogo #nationalgeographic @natgeo @natgeoexpeditions @natgeotravel @openexplorer #openrovtrident @openrov_hq

Having a great time on the ocean trying out our new research equipment which will be in full use shortly during our ragged-tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) study. Thanks to #natgeo for our #trident ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which will assist us in collecting photo ID pictures of the raggies unique spot patterns, now we just need to get used to driving it. Was also good to test our RUV (remote underwater video) casing to make sure it could withstand the pressure experienced at depth, and of course to ensure it is completely waterproof before we put our cameras in. ... ... ... ... ... ... #science #research #oceanresearch #researchlife #marinebiology #womeninoceanscience #sharks #sharkresearch #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #marineinternships #natgeo #natgeowild #underwaterdrone #ROV #testing #goodtogo #nationalgeographic @natgeo @natgeoexpeditions @natgeotravel @openexplorer #openrovtrident @openrov_hq - 3 days ago

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SCIENCE  SUNDAY - whilst freediving this morning this curious loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) came up to check us out. It was awesome! Here in Sodwana we are lucky enough to have 5 of the 7 sea turtles, but seeing a loggerhead is always exciting, especially as the females are about to start nesting on our beaches. The females born here wonder the ocean for 24 years before they reach sexual maturity and return to our beaches over the coming months to nest. In sodwana the females lay about 4 nests per season with an average clutch size of 116 eggs. This cheeky chappy might be around for a while to hedge his bets with the soon to arriving ladies. ...
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#loggerheadturtle #turtle #seaturtle #sodwanabay #southafrica #turtlelove #romanceisintheair #turtlepower #turtletime #saveturtles #ocean #indianocean #freediving #freedivingphotography #girlsthatfreedive #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sciencesunday #respectnature

SCIENCE  SUNDAY - whilst freediving this morning this curious loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) came up to check us out. It was awesome! Here in Sodwana we are lucky enough to have 5 of the 7 sea turtles, but seeing a loggerhead is always exciting, especially as the females are about to start nesting on our beaches. The females born here wonder the ocean for 24 years before they reach sexual maturity and return to our beaches over the coming months to nest. In sodwana the females lay about 4 nests per season with an average clutch size of 116 eggs. This cheeky chappy might be around for a while to hedge his bets with the soon to arriving ladies. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... #loggerheadturtle #turtle #seaturtle #sodwanabay #southafrica #turtlelove #romanceisintheair #turtlepower #turtletime #saveturtles #ocean #indianocean #freediving #freedivingphotography #girlsthatfreedive #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sciencesunday #respectnature - 4 days ago

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Fish Friday - today its all about the dusky shark ( Carcharhinus obscurus). Yes sharks are fish. We took our new intern, Angela, out to see if we could find some sharks on her very first day. And wow was it a sharky day indeed. Before even getting into the water we saw some tuna hunting at the surface followed by a large fin so we hopped in to check it out. We were pleased to see an inquisitive dusky come and check us out. 
A little later we got back in as part of our shark study to see if there were any other sharks in the area. The visibility was good the ocean was calm and we had 4 duskys (3 males and 1 female) come and check out the flasher resulting in some awesome footage. We were then able to determine the sharks gender, size, and record detailed notes on the scars and injuries that were far more prevalent than you would hope. 
Unfortunately, as incredible as this encounter was these sharks reiterated the impacts of anthropogenic activities on sharks, one was even missing a large portion of the top of its caudal (tail) fin (sometimes fishermen cut the top of sharks tails off to deter them from their lines). Another shark had almost their entire second dorsal fin sliced off, how this injury occurred we don't know. Any thoughts? ...
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#ocean #oceanday #sharks #duskysharks #sharksarefriends #stopthefinning #protectwhatyoulove #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #savesharks #sharksdaily #discoversharks #sharklove #fishfriday #discoverocean #welovesharks

Fish Friday - today its all about the dusky shark ( Carcharhinus obscurus). Yes sharks are fish. We took our new intern, Angela, out to see if we could find some sharks on her very first day. And wow was it a sharky day indeed. Before even getting into the water we saw some tuna hunting at the surface followed by a large fin so we hopped in to check it out. We were pleased to see an inquisitive dusky come and check us out. A little later we got back in as part of our shark study to see if there were any other sharks in the area. The visibility was good the ocean was calm and we had 4 duskys (3 males and 1 female) come and check out the flasher resulting in some awesome footage. We were then able to determine the sharks gender, size, and record detailed notes on the scars and injuries that were far more prevalent than you would hope. Unfortunately, as incredible as this encounter was these sharks reiterated the impacts of anthropogenic activities on sharks, one was even missing a large portion of the top of its caudal (tail) fin (sometimes fishermen cut the top of sharks tails off to deter them from their lines). Another shark had almost their entire second dorsal fin sliced off, how this injury occurred we don't know. Any thoughts? ... ... ... ... ... ... ... #ocean #oceanday #sharks #duskysharks #sharksarefriends #stopthefinning #protectwhatyoulove #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #savesharks #sharksdaily #discoversharks #sharklove #fishfriday #discoverocean #welovesharks - 6 days ago

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#tbt #throwbackthursday to the reconstruction of this spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) skeleton and all the hard work our previous interns have put into this complex and ongoing reconstruction project. 
After the unfortunate death of this spinner dolphin interns buried the dolphin, others exhumed, some bleached and began to sort the bones for an educational anatomical display in our shark museum. Since then several other interns have continued to chip away at this project but because of all the amazing things that have been going on at Sharklife we are yet to finish and display the entire dolphin. 
So if you're into marine conservation and cetacean anatomy why not join us for an internship and see if you can finish our spinner dolphin skeleton, whilst also taking part in our on going shark research and training programs. For more info visit the link in our bio
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#dolphins #spinnerdolphin #anatomy #science #museum #reconstruct #marinemammals #marinebiology #internships #marineinternships #sodwanabay #southafrica #africa #tia #sharks #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharksdaily #sharkconservation #savesharks #saveourseas #education #knowledgeispower #ocean #blueplanet #joinus

#tbt #throwbackthursday to the reconstruction of this spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) skeleton and all the hard work our previous interns have put into this complex and ongoing reconstruction project. After the unfortunate death of this spinner dolphin interns buried the dolphin, others exhumed, some bleached and began to sort the bones for an educational anatomical display in our shark museum. Since then several other interns have continued to chip away at this project but because of all the amazing things that have been going on at Sharklife we are yet to finish and display the entire dolphin. So if you're into marine conservation and cetacean anatomy why not join us for an internship and see if you can finish our spinner dolphin skeleton, whilst also taking part in our on going shark research and training programs. For more info visit the link in our bio ... ... ... ... ... ... ... #dolphins #spinnerdolphin #anatomy #science #museum #reconstruct #marinemammals #marinebiology #internships #marineinternships #sodwanabay #southafrica #africa #tia #sharks #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharksdaily #sharkconservation #savesharks #saveourseas #education #knowledgeispower #ocean #blueplanet #joinus - 7 days ago

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Happy #terrestrialtuesday everybody. I don't know if anyone else has tried getting a close look at a praying mantis but it's harder than it might sound. Unlike any other insect they can turn their heads 180 degrees. 
Even crazier the flying species have 2 eyes but only 1 ear which is located on the underside of their belly. This means they can't determine the direction or frequency of sound but they can detect ultrasound and echolocating bats (one of their predators). To evade the bats they employ a stop, drop and roll technique, effectively dive bombing to safety. ...
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#prayingmantis #insects #whoknew #mantis #funfacts #stopdropandroll #ninja #sodwanabay #southafrica #nature #naturefacts #interestingfacts #sharklife #sharklifeconservation

Happy #terrestrialtuesday everybody. I don't know if anyone else has tried getting a close look at a praying mantis but it's harder than it might sound. Unlike any other insect they can turn their heads 180 degrees. Even crazier the flying species have 2 eyes but only 1 ear which is located on the underside of their belly. This means they can't determine the direction or frequency of sound but they can detect ultrasound and echolocating bats (one of their predators). To evade the bats they employ a stop, drop and roll technique, effectively dive bombing to safety. ... ... ... ... ... #prayingmantis #insects #whoknew #mantis #funfacts #stopdropandroll #ninja #sodwanabay #southafrica #nature #naturefacts #interestingfacts #sharklife #sharklifeconservation - 9 days ago

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SUNDAY SCIENCE 👨‍🔬🐬👩‍🔬 Did you know that the Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) was only recognised as a separate species in 1998? All data collected before that treated the Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin and the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) as the same species. Therefore the Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species. In Sodwana Bay we're lucky enough to observe these animals in the wild and we hope to collect more data on them in the future. 
www.sharklife.co.za 📸 @miriam.olivia

#sundayscience #dolphins #cetaceans #marinelife #marineconservation #marinebiology #internship #marineinternship #southafrica #diving #freediving #indopacificbottlenosedolphins

SUNDAY SCIENCE 👨‍🔬🐬👩‍🔬 Did you know that the Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) was only recognised as a separate species in 1998? All data collected before that treated the Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin and the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) as the same species. Therefore the Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species. In Sodwana Bay we're lucky enough to observe these animals in the wild and we hope to collect more data on them in the future. www.sharklife.co.za 📸 @miriam.olivia #sundayscience #dolphins #cetaceans #marinelife #marineconservation #marinebiology #internship #marineinternship #southafrica #diving #freediving #indopacificbottlenosedolphins - 11 days ago

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Here is what we’ve been up to in September! 
For more info on how you can get involved click on the link in our bio! 
#september #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharkconservation #monthlyvideo #marineconservation #marinebiology #marineinternship #sharkinternship #cetaceans #itsbeenagoodmonth #winterisover #sharks #fridayfishday

Here is what we’ve been up to in September! For more info on how you can get involved click on the link in our bio! #september #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharkconservation #monthlyvideo #marineconservation #marinebiology #marineinternship #sharkinternship #cetaceans #itsbeenagoodmonth #winterisover #sharks #fridayfishday - 13 days ago

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#tbt #throwbackthursday to this amazing encounter with a leatherback turtle last year! .
These are the largest and deepest diving of the 7 species of sea turtle! And they are the only one without a hard carapace, which is where they get their name leatherback from. .
They come to this stretch of coastline each year to lay their eggs, so if you’re very lucky you might get to see one in the ocean while they are in the area! .
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#sharklife #sharkconservation #leatherbackturtle #leatherback #seaturtles #freediving #sodwanabay #southafrica #marineconservation #freedivingwithturtles #sharkconservation #marineresearchintern #crystalclearwater #onceinalifetime #natureatitsbest #purenature #pureapnea

#tbt #throwbackthursday to this amazing encounter with a leatherback turtle last year! . These are the largest and deepest diving of the 7 species of sea turtle! And they are the only one without a hard carapace, which is where they get their name leatherback from. . They come to this stretch of coastline each year to lay their eggs, so if you’re very lucky you might get to see one in the ocean while they are in the area! . . #sharklife #sharkconservation #leatherbackturtle #leatherback #seaturtles #freediving #sodwanabay #southafrica #marineconservation #freedivingwithturtles #sharkconservation #marineresearchintern #crystalclearwater #onceinalifetime #natureatitsbest #purenature #pureapnea - 14 days ago

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We don’t just get the big stuff here...
📸: @miriam.olivia 
#sharkconservation #sharklifeconservation #sharklife #sharkconservation #sodwanabay #southafrica #internship #baitfish #research #marinebiology #marinescience #marineinternship

We don’t just get the big stuff here... 📸: @miriam.olivia #sharkconservation #sharklifeconservation #sharklife #sharkconservation #sodwanabay #southafrica #internship #baitfish #research #marinebiology #marinescience #marineinternship - 17 days ago

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SUNDAY SCIENCE 👩‍🔬🦈👨‍🔬 Did you know that the spot pattern on the side of a Spotted Ragged-tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) is unique for every individual? Photo Identification is therefore a popular non-invasive method to re-identify individual sharks. We are using Photo ID to study these animals within the iSimangaliso MPA. The pregnant females should arrive soon - so stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming study or come for an internship to help us collect data! 
www.sharklife.co.za

#raggedtoothsharks #sandtigersharks #sharks #sharkinternship #sharkfacts #marinebiology #marineconservation #marineresearch #southafrica #sodwanabay @louisee_shark

SUNDAY SCIENCE 👩‍🔬🦈👨‍🔬 Did you know that the spot pattern on the side of a Spotted Ragged-tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) is unique for every individual? Photo Identification is therefore a popular non-invasive method to re-identify individual sharks. We are using Photo ID to study these animals within the iSimangaliso MPA. The pregnant females should arrive soon - so stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming study or come for an internship to help us collect data! www.sharklife.co.za #raggedtoothsharks #sandtigersharks #sharks #sharkinternship #sharkfacts #marinebiology #marineconservation #marineresearch #southafrica #sodwanabay @louisee_shark - 18 days ago

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Another great workshop this week with @nymansdiving @emielslimani @bobbetobblas. It was a packed day full of Shark biology, Shark identification skills, behaviour workshops and getting hands on with some pretty cool specimens! 
Come and join us for a workshop or internship! Check out the link in the bio!
#sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharkworkshop #sharks #sharkconservation #shark #sharkbiology #sharkinternship #sharkreasearch #sodwanabay #southafrica #marinebiology #research #learning #workshops

Another great workshop this week with @nymansdiving @emielslimani @bobbetobblas. It was a packed day full of Shark biology, Shark identification skills, behaviour workshops and getting hands on with some pretty cool specimens! Come and join us for a workshop or internship! Check out the link in the bio! #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharkworkshop #sharks #sharkconservation #shark #sharkbiology #sharkinternship #sharkreasearch #sodwanabay #southafrica #marinebiology #research #learning #workshops - 21 days ago

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Eagle rays. 📸: @miriam.olivia 
#sharklife #eagleray #eaglerays #occelatedeaglerays #reef #freediving #southafrica #sodwanabay #freedive #coralreef #elasmobranchs #rays #nature #oceanbeauty

Eagle rays. 📸: @miriam.olivia #sharklife #eagleray #eaglerays #occelatedeaglerays #reef #freediving #southafrica #sodwanabay #freedive #coralreef #elasmobranchs #rays #nature #oceanbeauty - 23 days ago

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This honeycomb stingray was playing hide as seek during our free dives on our survey site last week! It is amazing to see the diversity on such a small patch of reef. 
#stingray #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #honeycombstingray #ray #elasmobranch #marineresearch #surveysite #sodwanabay #southafrica #freediving #pureapnea

This honeycomb stingray was playing hide as seek during our free dives on our survey site last week! It is amazing to see the diversity on such a small patch of reef. #stingray #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #honeycombstingray #ray #elasmobranch #marineresearch #surveysite #sodwanabay #southafrica #freediving #pureapnea - 24 days ago

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Yesterday was international beach cleanup day! So we got out on the beaches and picked up rubbish! 
Thank you @ufuduturtle and @peterjacobs2470 for organising the event! 
We all have to do our part to try and save what we are doing to this planet! 
#sharklife #sharklifeconservation #beachcleanup #internationalbeachcleanupday #plasticwaste #waronplastic #stopusingplastic #somuchrubbish #plasticfree #marineconservation

Yesterday was international beach cleanup day! So we got out on the beaches and picked up rubbish! Thank you @ufuduturtle and @peterjacobs2470 for organising the event! We all have to do our part to try and save what we are doing to this planet! #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #beachcleanup #internationalbeachcleanupday #plasticwaste #waronplastic #stopusingplastic #somuchrubbish #plasticfree #marineconservation - 25 days ago

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📸: @miriam.olivia 
It was all about the flatsharks yesterday during our survey of Quarter-mile reef! 
While we are waiting for the raggies to arrive, these guys made our free dives very special! 
Interestingly these eagle rays have been misnamed for many years. It has recently been discovered that we don’t get spotted eagle rays on this coast line as previously thought, and that these guys are in fact ocellated eagle rays! (The ray in the sand in the last photo is a honeycomb stingray) 
To learn more about rays and their elasmobranch cousins, Sharks, check out our courses, workshops and internships on our website!

www.sharklife.co.za

#sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharks #flatsharks #ray #eagleray #eaglerays #shark #sharkconservation #surveyreef #reefsurvey #freediving #conservation #sodwanabay #southafrica #africa #ocean #spottedeaglerays #nature #elasmobranchs

📸: @miriam.olivia It was all about the flatsharks yesterday during our survey of Quarter-mile reef! While we are waiting for the raggies to arrive, these guys made our free dives very special! Interestingly these eagle rays have been misnamed for many years. It has recently been discovered that we don’t get spotted eagle rays on this coast line as previously thought, and that these guys are in fact ocellated eagle rays! (The ray in the sand in the last photo is a honeycomb stingray) To learn more about rays and their elasmobranch cousins, Sharks, check out our courses, workshops and internships on our website! www.sharklife.co.za #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #sharks #flatsharks #ray #eagleray #eaglerays #shark #sharkconservation #surveyreef #reefsurvey #freediving #conservation #sodwanabay #southafrica #africa #ocean #spottedeaglerays #nature #elasmobranchs - 27 days ago

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SUNDAY SCIENCE 👨‍🔬🦈👩‍🔬 Did you know that finding bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) in freshwater systems can be a good indication for the health of the surrounding ecosystems? 
C. leucas has a high euryhaline tolerance, meaning they are able to adapt to a wide range of salinities.  They have been found in 0 ppt (freshwater), 35 ppt (seawater) and even in hyperhaline (>40ppt) waters (that can be 50% saltier than normal seawater) (Nicholls 2017). Taking advantage of these ecological niches means that they are one of the only apex predators in freshwater systems. 
However, this also puts them at a very high risk of anthropogenic threats such as fishing pressure and habitat destruction or modification.

C. leucas can only make use of estuaries when these are not damaged by siltation, pollution, sewerage or the lack of water from upper inland areas (Olbers 2012). Let's all take care of our ecosystems by using environmentally friendly products and only consuming sustainably caught seafood! 
You can learn more about C. leucas and other sharks in our FREE online courses! Or come and join an internship, bull sharks are not a rare sighting here in Sodwana Bay 😊

www.sharklife.co.za

#sharks #bullshark #sharkconservation #marineinternship #marinebiology #sharklife #southafrica #freedivinginternship

SUNDAY SCIENCE 👨‍🔬🦈👩‍🔬 Did you know that finding bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) in freshwater systems can be a good indication for the health of the surrounding ecosystems? C. leucas has a high euryhaline tolerance, meaning they are able to adapt to a wide range of salinities.  They have been found in 0 ppt (freshwater), 35 ppt (seawater) and even in hyperhaline (>40ppt) waters (that can be 50% saltier than normal seawater) (Nicholls 2017). Taking advantage of these ecological niches means that they are one of the only apex predators in freshwater systems. However, this also puts them at a very high risk of anthropogenic threats such as fishing pressure and habitat destruction or modification. C. leucas can only make use of estuaries when these are not damaged by siltation, pollution, sewerage or the lack of water from upper inland areas (Olbers 2012). Let's all take care of our ecosystems by using environmentally friendly products and only consuming sustainably caught seafood! You can learn more about C. leucas and other sharks in our FREE online courses! Or come and join an internship, bull sharks are not a rare sighting here in Sodwana Bay 😊 www.sharklife.co.za #sharks #bullshark #sharkconservation #marineinternship #marinebiology #sharklife #southafrica #freedivinginternship - 1 month ago

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We have had some great workshops recently creating new shark ambassadors full of knowledge and new skills! 
They were also pretty lucky on their ocean days!

Ocean photos to come shortly! 
If you want to find out more check out our website... www.sharklife.co.za

#sharklife #sharklifeconservation #workshop #sharkeducation #shark #sharks #students #student #learning #sharkconservation #conservation #marinebiology #sharkworkshop #sodwanabay #southafrica

We have had some great workshops recently creating new shark ambassadors full of knowledge and new skills! They were also pretty lucky on their ocean days! Ocean photos to come shortly! If you want to find out more check out our website... www.sharklife.co.za #sharklife #sharklifeconservation #workshop #sharkeducation #shark #sharks #students #student #learning #sharkconservation #conservation #marinebiology #sharkworkshop #sodwanabay #southafrica - 1 month ago

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We are looking for 1 or 3 month interns to join the start of our Ragged Tooth Shark study running from October to March!

Interns will participate in the first two weeks of lectures, lab practicals and research training and will then be involved in a new exciting monitoring study in a world heritage site for the rest of the duration of their internship. 
October interns will receive a discount due to a last minute cancellation.

Pregnant Spotted Ragged-tooth sharks arrive in Sodwana anytime between October and December and spend roughly 4 months here gestating on a local shallow reef. We will be conducting daily monitoring surveys on this reef to collect photo ID and other data! 
For more information enquire on our website... https://www.sharklife.co.za/index.php/internships

#sharklifeconservation #sharklife #sharkconservation #sharkinternship #internship #interns #savesharks #raggedtoothshark #sandtigershark #greynurseshark #cachariastaurus #sharkresearch #research #marinebiology #marineresearch #sodwanabay #southafrica #sodwana #africa #shark

We are looking for 1 or 3 month interns to join the start of our Ragged Tooth Shark study running from October to March! Interns will participate in the first two weeks of lectures, lab practicals and research training and will then be involved in a new exciting monitoring study in a world heritage site for the rest of the duration of their internship. October interns will receive a discount due to a last minute cancellation. Pregnant Spotted Ragged-tooth sharks arrive in Sodwana anytime between October and December and spend roughly 4 months here gestating on a local shallow reef. We will be conducting daily monitoring surveys on this reef to collect photo ID and other data! For more information enquire on our website... https://www.sharklife.co.za/index.php/internships #sharklifeconservation #sharklife #sharkconservation #sharkinternship #internship #interns #savesharks #raggedtoothshark #sandtigershark #greynurseshark #cachariastaurus #sharkresearch #research #marinebiology #marineresearch #sodwanabay #southafrica #sodwana #africa #shark - 1 month ago

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