What you'll do
Through a selection of images and videos you'll virtually dive into the clear warm waters of a Mozambican marine reserve—home to some very large fish, and even larger sharks. We'll meet the sharky subjects of 12 years of research and uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of the bull shark, their shark cousins, and their favourite food—the mighty giant trevally. Through this live online experience, you’ll venture out on and under the water to tag and track large sharks. Once we find them, we’ll take skin and blood samples and implant satellite, acoustic, and archival tags. After we get to know the subjects, you'll learn the logistics of filming them in the water and have all of your burning questions answered (Are sharks aggressive? Do we really want MORE sharks in the ocean!?). Most importantly, you’ll become part of our efforts to protect and restore marine ecosystems and understand how you can have a positive influence on the world around you.
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Try something new together
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Meet people from all over the world while learning something new together.
- Simple and global
Join easily and participate from home without a lot of prep.
I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded ongoing shark research programs in South Africa and Mozambique. I now support my passions through informed tourism; working on Blue Chip film productions; and supporting research and conservation of sharks and big fish. My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; dugongs in Florida; giant trevally, tiger sharks, and bull sharks in Mozambique; the great sardine run in South Africa; and most recently, the vibrant coastline around Cape Town, South Africa. I have many experiences, stories, and photos to share.....and answers to most of your questions!
About the organization
The RockHopper Fund
The Rockhopper Fund believes in the power of influence. We help to ensure that the African Shark Conservation Lab continues in perpetuity. Over the last 12 years, the project has tagged 140+ sharks and big fish, working with researchers from around the globe. The project is headed by Dr. Ryan Daly, a researcher at the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban, South Africa.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The RockHopper Fund.
What to bring
Phone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection
Your favourite ocean attire
All your marine questions
Your home! #StayHome
How to participate
Join a video call
Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
"To virtually dive into the life of a shark scientist, make sure to download the free Zoom app on a device that connects to audio and video. Through Zoom and 12 years worth of photos, you’ll find yourself in the following places during this experience: My studio Under the ocean On a boat In a plane In a shoal of fish Next to a bull shark In a research lab On a beach"
Book a private group
Want to join with just your family and friends? Justin will host a private group for up to 30 guests starting at $146.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email. Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring…
If you don’t see a time that works for you, please ask! I can also accommodate private groups and celebrations! This online experience is for young and old. If you’d prefer an adult-only or kids-only experience then consider inviting some friends and booking a private Experience!
Meet a Real Life Shark Scientist