REEF PREDATOR PROJECT
In this Audubon Aquarium of the Americas sponsored expedition, volunteer aquarium divers from around the country will join as a single team for the first time using their skills to help preserve our endangered reef predators. The divers that help our public aquariums maintain exhibits, conduct underwater presentations, and feed exhibit animals will be on board to share insights into aquarium exhibit diving and marinelife behavior. This expedition is open to any diver interested in learning more about sharks, lobsters, and the fun of aquarium diving around the country. Reef Predator Expeditions focus on shark biology and feeding behavior.
In addition to learning helpful scientific diving techniques and how to operate oceanographic instruments, team members also have an opportunity to practice their lobster-catching skills and learn more about these heavily hunted predators. We’ll help the Aquarium of the Americas with a tagging project to help preserve lobster and grouper populations that has worked for the past 5 years to learn more about their distribution and movements.
We'll also visit wrecks, mangrove areas and caverns. Divers will be certified as "Shark Research Divers" and earn a Reef Predator Project "Tag-and-Scan Dive Team" shirt.
Walker's Cay is a small, private island at the northern tip of the Bahamas. Expedition teams will arrive on this tropical paradise after a 45-minutes charter flight from Fort Lauderdale. Walker's is a classic fishing and diving resort with two swimming pools, tennis courts, marina, game rooms and some of the finest reefs, caverns and visibility in the Bahamas. The air-conditioned hotel and four-star restaurant provide the most luxurious accommodations an expedition could offer. The incredible shark research opportunities there and the dedicated support of the management to marine conservation enable us to accomplish our research and conservation goals at a first-class resort.
PREDATOR PROJECT EXPEDITIONS - Walkers Cay, Bahamas
You can be part of a dive team expanding the envelope of man's knowledge of the sea for little more than the cost of a regular dive trip. No crowded cattle boats or novice divers. Our team has its own boat and you can dive as much or as little as you like.As part of the Reef Predator Project team, you can explore the mysteries of predator behavior with the experts. You can also learn scientific diving techniques to enhance your skills and be certified as a Shark Awareness Diver. Find out fun facts about sharks and lobsters; dive several times with endangered sharks during mass feeding dives; be introduced to reef fish identification; and catch lobsters and tag them as part of reef predator studies. This is not a regular "dive trip". It's an opportunity to be an oceanographer for a week and find out how exciting, challenging and fun it can be to dive with a team of friends and professionals and help man learn more about reef predators.
To ensure a safe, productive expedition, certified divers must have 25
logged dives and a minimum of 3 night dives.