My South African Shark Conservancy Internship

July to August 2019

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Leopard catshark (Poroderma pantherinum) being measured
measured (Hermanus, South Africa) - © Aaron Judah
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Hermanus at sunset (South Africa) - © Dominique G. Maucieri
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Leopard catshark (Poroderma pantherinum) and I
- © Dominique G. Maucieri
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Beach clean up (Hermanus, South Africa) - © Alicia Hendry
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Me and a leopard catshark (Poroderma pantherinum), the first shark
I caught (Hermanus, South Africa) - © Aaron Judah
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Catshark eggs aka mermaids purses (South Africa)
- © Dominique G. Maucieri

I had the opportunity to spend a month in Hermanus, South Africa as an intern with the South African Shark Conservancy. I had my first hands-on experience working in marine systems and with catsharks and shysharks. I analyzed BRUV (baited remote underwater videos), measured and tagged sharks, and learned many shark surveying techniques. I also had the opportunity to further develop my skills as a team leader and scientific research skills. I had an amazing experience working with SASC and if you are interested in getting some experience working with sharks and developing your professional skills, check out their programs.