REFLECTIONS ON A RARE BASKING SHARK ENCOUNTER
Dr. Simon Berrow narrates his experience with basking sharks in the fall off West Clare. The species is often seen feeding in this area in the spring - but the seasonal timing of this experience was not the only unusual component...
© Irish Basking Shark Group
2013 | Completed Project
The “Shark Camp” was a two week "internship" program aimed at local teens. Shark Camp aimed to educate and inspire the next generation of marine scientists by teaching young people from Inishowen about their coastal resources.
The project aimed to build new skills, confidence and promote creativity. Interns learned about marine science, carried out citizen science at their local beach and on the water, and produced a video message for their local community about their marine resource.
KEY ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAMME
- An introduction to marine biology
Safety at sea
Planning and undertaking a science experiments at sea
Boating and surveying for sharks
Understanding the importance of natural resources
Video creation, editing and production
Working in a team and building confidence in self/community led initiatives
Participation was free for successful applicants.
The Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group secured 75% funding from the Inishowen Development Partnership and match funded the remaining 25% of the project with personal donations and local fundraising.
10 young people from Inishowen aged 12 - 15 took part in the Shark Camp held in the Malin Head Community Centre. The trainees applied for the programme via an expression of interest form before being invited to attend.
The young people taking part in the programme produced a blog sharing their experiences (http://inishowenmarineteam.blogspot.com) and a video for their local community demonstrating the importance of protecting the marine resource.