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AWARE Shark Conservation Course: Absolute Hit!

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‘Did you know that Grey Nurse shark pups eat each other in the mother’s womb and only the strongest survive?’ This is one of many facts about sharks discovered by divers on the Dive World, Brisbane Specialty course this weekend.

Dive World launched their AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty with nine candidates signed up for the theory and seven diving. The course started at Dive World in Brisbane where Specialty Instructor Ray Crampton presented a mix of videos, biologists presentations and the theory.

The course took divers to Sea World on the Gold Coast for a dive in the Reef Tank with over 50 sharks, including leopard shark, tawny nurse sharks, black tip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and other bottom dwelling sharks such as grey carpet and epaulette sharks.  From this tank you can also see into the Shark lagoon where the large whaler sharks live.

On second and final day, the group headed out to Shark Alley, Flat Rock at North Stradbroke Island to look for sharks. The group was overwhelmed with some of the divers seeing a Whale Shark, plenty of Wobbegong and Tawny Sharks. Some of the divers also saw a Leopard Shark.

“The AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty was an absolute hit,” said Ray Crampton.   "All candidates loved the experience and have stories to tell about how they can help educate their friends and family about shark conservation.Thank you Project AWARE for providing the content and platform for a great course. We already have three candidates signed up for the next one."

Interested in teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Course grab all the resources from the Shark Action Kit.

Want to do more? Join the Finathon™! The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. This July, Project AWARE is looking for 100 Finathon™ champions to join the race to protect them. If you’re FINatical about sharks, join the Finathon today and fundraise for their protection.

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