Shark Diving Expedition 2014: Tagging and Counting Sharks -- JOIN US!

Posted on July 31, 2013
Written by: Shark Savers
Tags: SharksCount Program 

Destination: Islas Revillagigedo, Mexico (aka Socorro, in the eastern Pacific Ocean)

socorro.jpgExpedition Dates: May 21 - 28, 2014

Expedition Vessel: Southern Sport, Live-Aboard Diving

Expedition Leaders:  Samantha Whitcraft, Director of our SharksCount Program and Alex Antoniou PhD, Executive Director of Fins Attached

Mission: This expedition will both tag sharks and log all shark and manta sightings. Participating divers will receive training on how to document sharks using SharksCount’s fun and easy ID and data tools developed specifically for recreational divers and focusing on the shark species typically encountered at Socorro, including:

  • Scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini)
  • Galapagos shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis)
  • Silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)
  • Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis)
  • Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus)
  • Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)
  • Dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)
  • Whale shark (Rhincodon typus)
  • Giant Pacific manta ray (Manta birostris)

About the Destination: The Revillagigedo archipelago, which includes the island of Socorro, is often referred to as ‘the Galapagos of Mexico’ due to its unique, endemic wildlife and vibrant marine ecosystem. It comprises a group of four volcanic islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean that lie 386 km southwest of Cabo San Lucas, off the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

This expedition will combine the fun ‘citizen science’ approach of the SharksCount Program, and the tagging and monitoring expertise of Fins Attached. Divers will have the opportunity to actively participate in both aspects of the expedition, daily.  This is your opportunity to participate, hands-on, in helping conduct shark research in support of conservation.  

Spaces are limited so book early!

For more details, and to join the expedition, email Fins Attached at alex@finsattached.org or visit www.finsattached.org.

 

finsattached.pngAbout Fins Attached:  Our mission is to conduct research, promote conservation, and provide education for the protection of marine ecosystems. Our organization is comprised of scientists, companies, organizations, and people concerned with the health of the world’s oceans. Our scientists range in backgrounds from divers to PhD marine biologists. 

 

SharkCount_LOGO2012-1-75_in.pngAbout SharksCount: Our program empowers recreational divers to log all their shark sightings as ‘citizen scientists’. We provide the simple and fun tools to count sharks, because every shark counts! We apply the information collected for local and international conservation action and awareness for sharks and manta rays.

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