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The Oceans Research Internship Program enables aspiring scientists and conservationists to work in conjunction with leading marine biologists. You will work with the scientists as they undertake ground-breaking research on the charismatic marine mega-fauna of Southern Africa, including great white sharks.

This is your opportunity to gain practical and theoretical training in a wide expanse of marine research techniques including white sharks; dolphins and whales and small benthic species. You will also get to work in an aquarium. During your stay you play a vital role which includes the collecting of data. We use your collected data to advise various industries, including the government, on real-time issues such as marine conservation. 



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  • Enrico Gennari – Director of Research

  • Dylan Irion – Scientist in Residence

  • Mike Barron – Scientist in Residence

  • Monica Betts – Scientist in Residence

  • Jack Hollins – Scientist in Residence

  • Alan Jardine – Senior Aquarist

  • Braham Smit – Field Specialist

  • Lauren Peel – Field Specialist

  • Danielle Goodreau - Field Specialist


  • Population dynamic study of the White Shark
  • Visual acoustic deterrents of White Sharks
  • Habitat usage of marine mammals 
  • Shark conditioning behavioural studies
  • Population structure/movement of benthic sharks
  • Predator/ prey behavioural strategies of white sharks and cape fur seals
  • Intertidal community assessment and anthropogenic impacts
  • Shark anatomical dissections and morphometrics
  • Join in the excitement of bait handling
  • Chumming to attract great white sharks
  • Collecting samples and morphometrics from a beached southern right whale
  • Making data notes of sharks sighted and photographed during a chumming expedition
  • Learn how to accurately size sharks using laser beams + a GoPro camera
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