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REVEALING THE SECRET LIVES OF SHARKS

Dr Alison Kock, Marine Biologist, Cape Research Centre, South African National Parks (SANParks), honorary research associate, Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa, Biological Sciences Department, UCT

The five-lecture course on sharks will be presented by South Africa’s leading women shark specialists. It will discuss the many questions around sharks, including the following. Did you know that the Great White is just one of 1 171 species of shark (and relatives) in the world and that most sharks are small, some are flat and some don’t have teeth at all? You’ve probably heard scientists say that sharks are important because they keep ecosystems healthy, but have you wondered how exactly they do that? Shark fishing and finning are global conservation concerns, but do you know where South Africa fits into the story? Ever wondered where those shark safety tips come from (such as, don’t surf near drop-offs), and more importantly, how to use the safety tips? Are zebra-striped wetsuits really going to protect you from a shark?

 

LECTURE TITLES

1. South Africa’s shark showcase Alison Kock & Katie Gledhill

2. The important role sharks play in our seas Meaghen McCord & Leigh de Necker

3. Vulnerable sharks at risk Charlene da Silva & Katie Gledhill

4. Towards co-existence between sharks and humans Sarah Waries & Tamlyn Engelbrecht

5. Everything you ever wanted to know about the great white shark Alison Towner & Alison Kock

 

Recommended reading

Eilperin, J. 2012. Demon Fish: Travels through the hidden world of sharks. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

https://www.nature.com/news/shark-species-more-diverse-than-thought-1.10879

https://theconversation.com/sharks-can-have-bellybuttons-and-other-facts-about-their-incredible-diversity-97272

https://theconversation.com/how-shark-spotting-can-help-reduce-attacks-a-cape-town-case-study-89178

https://theconversation.com/a-400-year-old-shark-is-the-latest-animal-discovery-to-reveal-the-secrets-of-long-life-63784

https://theconversation.com/shark-safety-tips-sorting-out-fact-from-fiction-45169

 

 

Date:  21 – 25 January 
Time: 3.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00  Staff and S-tudents R275,00
Venue: LT2 Kramer Law Building UCT