A leading shark biologist and one of Discovery Channel’s famous ‘Sharkmen’ will visit Malin Head to give a shark biology workshop at Carndonagh Secondary school next Wednesday, October 1st.
The event is part of a Nationwide Lecture tour organised by the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group, RDS and the American Embassy in Dublin.
The marine biology workshop in Carndonagh which will be delivered by Dr Klimley (AKA Dr. Hammerhead ) and the local Inishowen based Basking Shark research team will focus on encouraging students to consider science and in particular marine biology as a career choice.
“Bringing Dr Klimley to Malin Head is another small step in furthering our plans to develop an internationally important Marine centre with research and education facilities at Malin head. Over the past number of years we have established an excellent working relationship with QUB and GMIT through our shark research programs and this tour highlights the significance of that research which has been undertaken on our doorstep.” said Emmett Johnston coordinator of the Inishowen based group.
Each year the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group undertake a new project to raise awareness in the coastal communities around Malin head about the wider marine environment.
The lecture tour is designed to establish a working relationship with Dr Klimley’s research team and develop collaborative studies which further the knowledge and conservation of shark species worldwide.
Dr. Peter Klimley is a world renown shark biologist and the internationally recognised authority on Hammerhead sharks. He started his career as a fringe researcher who questioned established shark study methods and scientific thought on shark behaviour.
His early work was characterised by low budget , high impact studies which broke ground in human understanding of what makes sharks tick and more important why they are aggressive under certain circumstances .
“Dr. Klimley’s visit to our study site helps us to broaden the reach and significance of our work here at Malin head and further develop our reputation as one of the top study sites for cold water sharks in the world” said Donal Griffen the chief organiser of the Lecture tour
The lecture tour starts in Dublin at the RDS on Monday the 29thbefore moving to Queens University Belfast on the 30th and Carndonagh secondary School on the 1st and finally to GMIT and Galway Aquarium on the 2nd and 3rd of October.
All lectures are booked out except the RDS which has a limited number of tickets left. Further information can be found on www.baskingshark.ie or www.rds.ie