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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Meet a Real Life Shark Scientist

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 546 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 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

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 tiger & bull shark, their shark cousins, and their favourite food—the mighty giant trevally.

Through this live online experience, we'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.

This Experience is great for team-building. Book a private experience for your group. Is your group larger than my listed max group size for private groups? Send me a message.
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 tiger & bull shark, their shark cousins, and their favourite food—the mighty giant trevally.

Through this live onlin…

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 30 guests. Private group rates start at $145.

What to bring

  • Phone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection
  • Your favourite ocean attire
  • All your marine questions
  • Your home! #StayHome
From $19
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Book for 4 guests, save 10% or more
Tue, Sep 29
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
Join 2 other guests
$19 per person
$19 per person
Tue, Sep 29
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
$19 per person
$19 per person
Thu, Oct 1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Join 2 other guests
$19 per person
$19 per person

Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 546 Reviews
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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 546 reviews.

Benni
September 2020
Justin is a wonderful host, storyteller and shark-expert. He is passionate about his profession and makes it easy to connect, understand and feel welcome. He had so much patience for our situation when our daughter lost interest (she's 4 months old, so it's not the sharks to blame). Thanks for the experience, looking forward for more stories!
Justin is a wonderful host, storyteller and shark-expert. He is passionate about his profession and makes it easy to connect, understand and feel welcome. He had so much patience f…
Sandra
September 2020
It was a brilliant experience with a very attentive host. One and a half hour which will resonate with me for a long time
Kathryn
September 2020
This was a very unique and fun experience, definitely one of a kind. It was fascinating to learn about the science and marvelous conservation work going on.
Camille
September 2020
My 6 year old wanted this to be a weekly thing and said it was “sooo cool!”. Justin entertained every question and comment. I highly recommend!
Sergejs
September 2020
Great atmosphere , time just flies, Justin was very passionate about what he does! I recommend to anyone interested in learning about sharks to sign up for this interactive talk with Justin, amazing experience!
Petya
September 2020
Such a great experience, learned so much and the time just flew by. Justin is great in sharing his knowledge and you can see that he is genuinely passionate about the oceans and conservation. Great experience! Thank you!

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  • Tue, Sep 29
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $19 per person
  • Tue, Sep 29
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    $19 per person
  • Thu, Oct 1
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    Join 2 other guests
    $19 per person
  • Thu, Oct 1
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    $19 per person
  • Thu, Oct 1
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    $19 per person
  • Fri, Oct 2
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    Join 1 other guest
    $19 per person
  • Fri, Oct 2
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    $19 per person
  • Fri, Oct 2
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    $19 per person

Things to know

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!