Since April 2015, we have aided the effort to educate our community in marine science. We aim to demonstrate the vital role sharks contribute to our ecosystems and provide a better understanding of shark identity, behavior, and biology. We hope to alleviate the common fear of sharks with both higher education and an introduction to our morals regarding oceanic respect. The overarching theme of our mission is that the more you know, the less you have to fear the unknown.
Educational Department Features:
Spiny dogfish are used for our dissection presentations. Our members' prep and dissect sharks beforehand to ensure all accurate cuts are made for a proper demonstration. This part of the class can be a little smelly, but very informative on organ function within a shark.
Misidentification of sharks is common and Identifying a shark correctly can be also difficult with there being over 500+ species. It's important to know the shark, skate, or sting rays species that swim in your local waters! Who knows, you might even find out that every species of sharks in your waters only reaches a max of 3 ft. in length!
History & Evolution
Sharks have a rich history on Earth dating back many years, even before dinosaurs roamed Pangaea. Over these years, many adaptations developed within sharks to better suit them to their environment. Explore what special abilities sharks possess and how they have ruled at the top of the food chain for millions of years!
Correctly identifying shark's teeth can be a hard and tedious practice. Knowing what to look for and where to start can help anyone become an expert!