|A project offered by:||Travellers Worldwide|
|Based in:||Gansbaai, South Africa|
|Working with:||Great White Sharks
|Activities including:||Boat based shark, whale, dolphin and seabird surveys
Monitoring shark behaviour
|Duration:||from 1 week|
|*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)|
Much emphasis is placed on observing behaviour and the interactions of sharks around the boat. You will be taught how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure and safe in the cage. You may have to record observations of the White Sharks. This will include sex, size, markings and behaviour. You might be asked to help fill in data sheets for the sharks they spot day to day. Individual recognition of sharks is achieved through photographing dorsal fins, marks, scars and colouration. A shark log is kept for each shark. The objectives of the research are to collate a database of dorsal fin data which are used to identify individual animals, to ascertain why the sharks use this area and how long they stay, to study the behaviour of sharks in their natural environment and in the vicinity of shark-cage diving boats, as well as to obtain a population estimate. On the whale boat you will help to GPS all the whales, birds and dolphins. You may also get involved in helping to rescue animals in need, such as oiled, sick and injured penguins and birds.
Go to Travellers Worldwide ‘s website to find out more about this project.