Monday, February 16, 2015

And One Time, At Shark School

I'm in the Miami International Airport on my way to my next shark conservation meeting. I just finished an incredible week where I got to observe real shark science taking place at the world famous Bimini Biological Field Station, commonly known as Sharklab, dive with 6 species of sharks and 3 species of rays, including my first great hammerheads, and participate in a workshop of Caribbean leaders working to protect sharks and create shark sanctuaries. It was an incredible week.

Sir Richard Branson came to Bimini on Saturday morning to lead a discussion on sharks. He asked the leaders to protect sharks, and several of them promised that they would. Those details will be revealed over the course of the next several months, but Sir Richard hints at the discussion in this blog he published today.

One thing we are working feverishly on is the relaunch of the Adventures of Shark Stanley and Friends. It was exciting to introduce Sir Richard to our little character. We gave him the first copy of the new book, too.

There were a lot of cameras constantly flashing all week and there were several times where different cameras caught nearly the same moment. Jillian Morris, founder of Sharks4Kids, and one of my new favorite people, snapped a photo of me taking a selfie with Sir Richard.

That is not an easy thing to do with such a big camera!

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