RESEARCH PROJECTS

As a volunteer for Blue Wilderness, you will be central in our data collection research programs. Our research programs are based around ‘citizen science’ this means that it is designed and collected in a manner that you do not require formal scientific training. Each project has been designed and implemented by scientists from our research unit. After collection, the projects data is utilised by these scientists for analysis and inclusion into the units research publications.

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BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENT

Seasonal trends in diversity & abundance of marine fauna is recorded each month by volunteers and field specialists. We follow a standardized approach to the presence and abundance of indicator species of fish, sharks, corals, urchins and algae.

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PHOTO IDENTIFICATION

Daily volunteers collect photographic identification of black tip, tiger, ragged tooth and other species of sharks observed on expeditions. This data is the cornerstone of understanding the population dynamics of sharks residing at Aliwal Shoal

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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

Volunteers will assist in the daily monitoring of environmental and oceanographic parameters at Aliwal Shoal. These variables are used to identify route causes in variation in ecosystem health and shark presence and absence.

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OCEAN USER SURVEY

Volunteers will drive our oceans awareness survey program. This research aims to assess the current level of knowledge on the Aliwal Shoal M.P.A, the NSB Shark nets, and shark management in South Africa

CREWING

Blue Wilderness’s primary activity is running shark cage diving and cageless shark snorkeling expeditions at Aliwal Shoal. As a volunteer, you will become integral parts of these operations, learning how to assist with every aspect of running a world class shark ecotourism company.

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LOGISTICS PREP & PACK

Volunteers will be part of the Blue Wilderness crew, and will assist in preparing the days equipment for operation and also aid in the cleaning and packing up of equipment.

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VIDEOGRAPHY

Volunteers will assist in filming and photographing of guests experience. This video and photographic content is to be used for marketing, research and possibly the expedition video.

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GUEST PREPARATIONS

Volunteers will assist in preparing expedition equipment for guests this includes fittings for wetsuits, masks, fins assisting in preparing the vessels and guiding the guests to the launch site.

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IN-WATER ASSISTANCE

Many guests are understandably nervous when venturing outside of the cage. Volunteers will assist in accompanying guests and giving assistance where required.

CONSERVATION & OUTREACH

Blue Wilderness’s team gives back through our conservation and education work. We ar dedicated to ensure that all our guests leave as ambassadors for shark conservation. Our outreach, however, goes further as we visit and engage with school learners throughout the province, and spread the world about shark conservation.

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CAMPAIGNS

Each month volunteers will work on our central conservation and awareness campaign. Each campaign is specifically targeted to aid in the conservation of South Africa’s sharks. Campaigns range from awareness to social activism in focus.

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SCHOOL OUTREACH

Volunteers will drive our school outreach program. This includes accompanying field specialists to the school to present a simple but powerful syllabus to learners about the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem.

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GUEST EDUCATION

Volunteers will drive our guest education program during lunch after an expedition. Using entertaining and simple aids, volunteers will engage with clients and ensure that they leave Blue wilderness as shark ambassadors!

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