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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Meet a Real Life Shark Scientist

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 562 reviews.Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Justin

90 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our subjects.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an adventure on and under the ocean to tag and track large sharks. Once we find them, we’ll take skin and blood samples and implant satellite, archival & acoustic tags.

Once we've discovered a thing or two about these animals, you'll learn the logistics of filming them 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 while understanding how you can have a positive influence on the ocean and world around you.

*Interested in booking for your YOUNG ocean enthusiast? I'll add a fun activity for private kids groups!

**This Experience is great for TEAM BUILDING. Book a private experience for your colleagues.

Can't see a date or time that suits you? Contact me!
Join us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our subjects.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an advent…

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.
  • Book a private group
    Justin can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at $153.

What to bring

  • Phone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection
  • Your favourite ocean attire
  • All your marine questions
  • Your home! #StayHome
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Sat, Oct 24
1:00 AM - 2:30 AM (EDT)
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Sat, Oct 24
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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Sat, Oct 24
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
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Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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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!
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 bul…
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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.
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 562 reviews.

Qian Joo
October 2020
A great way to have a look into the conservation of oceans through research about sharks, and also a job we'd otherwise not have much chance to learn about.
Simone
October 2020
I would recommend spending time with Justin . He is incredibly generous with his time and knowledge of sharks the oceans and the difficulties and opportunities to protect our oceans
Jan
October 2020
Excellent knowledge and obvious passion for his area of expertise . My 8 year old was enthralled and can’t stop talking about how sharks are tracked and monitored. Thankyou.
Megan
October 2020
Great education and an excellent way to demystify the myth that sharks are beasts! Justin has such an easy storytelling manner, suitable for all ages.
Luke
October 2020
My family (wife and four sons) had a great experience with Justin. He interacted very well with our age group; was highly enthusiastic; and happily answered all of our questions. This was an excellent use of a stuck-at-home lunch break. Would recommend for anyone interested in sharks; especially those with children.
My family (wife and four sons) had a great experience with Justin. He interacted very well with our age group; was highly enthusiastic; and happily answered all of our questions.…
Zoe
October 2020
Justin is incredible. Knowledgable, experienced, humble, welcoming and an all round nice guy. The 90 minutes zoomed by (literally) and he was extremely generous with his time. Really worth the time to meet such a smart person and to learn more about these fabulous animals.
Justin is incredible. Knowledgable, experienced, humble, welcoming and an all round nice guy. The 90 minutes zoomed by (literally) and he was extremely generous with his time. Real…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

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.

More tips

If you don’t see a time that works for you, please ask! I can also accommodate private groups and celebrations!