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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Meet a Real Life Shark Scientist

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Justin

90 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 500
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our subjects.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an adventure on and under the ocean to tag and track large sharks. Once we find them, we’ll take skin and blood samples and implant satellite, archival & acoustic tags.

Once we've discovered a thing or two about these animals, you'll learn the logistics of filming them and have all of your burning questions answered (Are sharks aggressive? Do we really want MORE sharks in the ocean!?).

Most importantly, you’ll become part of our efforts to protect and restore marine ecosystems while understanding how you can have a positive influence on the ocean and world around you.

*Interested in booking for your YOUNG ocean enthusiast? I'll add a fun activity for private kids groups!

**This Experience is great for TEAM BUILDING. Book a private experience for your colleagues.

Can't see a date or time that suits you? Contact me!
Other things to note
If you don’t see a time that works for you, please ask! I can also accommodate private groups and celebrations!

This online experience is for young and old. If you’d prefer an adult-only or kids-only experience then consider inviting some friends and booking a private Experience!
Join us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our subjects.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an advent…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Justin can host private groups of any size, up to 500 guests. Private group rates start at R2,400.
  • Request availability
    Can’t find a date that works? Justin can schedule and customize an experience based on your preferences.

What to bring

  • Phone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection
  • Your favourite ocean attire
  • All your marine questions
  • Your home! #StayHome
From R300
/ person
Sat, Dec 12
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
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Wed, Dec 16
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
R300 per person
R300 per person
Wed, Dec 16
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
R300 per person
R300 per person

Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded ongoing shark research programs in South Africa and Mozambique. I now support my passions through informed tourism; working on Blue Chip film productions; and supporting research and conservation of sharks and big fish.

My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; dugongs in Florida; giant trevally, tiger sharks, and bull sharks in Mozambique; the great sardine run in South Africa; and most recently, the vibrant coastline around Cape Town, South Africa.

I have many experiences, stories, and photos to share.....and answers to most of your questions!
I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded ongoing shark research programs in South Africa and Mozambique. I now support my passions through informed tourism; working on Blue Chip film productions; and supporting research and conservation of sharks and big fish.

My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; dugongs in Florida; giant trevally, tiger sharks, and bul…
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About the organization: The RockHopper Fund



The Rockhopper Fund believes in the power of influence. We help to ensure that the African Shark Conservation Lab continues in perpetuity. Over the last 12 years, the project has tagged 140+ sharks and big fish, working with researchers from around the globe. The project is headed by Dr. Ryan Daly, a researcher at the Oceanographic Research Institute in Durban, South Africa.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The RockHopper Fund.
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 590 reviews.

Claudia
November 2020
This year since we could not be with family due to the pandemic, we decided to have a Sharksgiving with Justin. It was such a fun and educational experience. We were all mesmerized with the pictures and videos and all of Justin's knowledge. And the added benefit is knowing that we have contributed to Justin's ongoing work. In addition to the content that Justin had to show us, there was lots of time for questions and informal conversation, which made the whole event really fun.
This year since we could not be with family due to the pandemic, we decided to have a Sharksgiving with Justin. It was such a fun and educational experience. We were all mesmerized…
Sunny
November 2020
It was a really fun and insightful experience. Justin is very knowledgeable, well prepared with shark photos, videos, great presentation and communication. He is super engaging and interactive with all guests, happily to answer any questions, my teammates and myself really enjoyed this awesome experience and we will highly recommend to people at all ages. Thank you so much again.
It was a really fun and insightful experience. Justin is very knowledgeable, well prepared with shark photos, videos, great presentation and communication. He is super engaging and…
Rachel
November 2020
Justin's enthusiasm for his work is contagious. He kept our group engaged. He answered all of our questions with great patience and detail. There seems to be nothing that he does not know about sharks! He got everyone involved, and it was truly a cool (and enlightening) experience!
Justin's enthusiasm for his work is contagious. He kept our group engaged. He answered all of our questions with great patience and detail. There seems to be nothing that he does…
Samuel
November 2020
Justin was great for our corporate team event - a good mix of team building and learning awesome facts about sharks! Can't recommend him enough.
Ed
November 2020
Justin was super-engaging, passionate and captivated us all for 90 minutes. He really brought the ocean to life, and enthused us to get involved.
Jamie
November 2020
Justin is the best! I have worked with him twice to offer this incredible experience to university students. He is wonderful to work with and everyone always leaves this experience having learned, laughed, and gained new friends. His passion for conservation is inspiring and you leave knowing ways to get engaged in your own community, as well as supporting the amazing work that he and his colleagues are doing.
Justin is the best! I have worked with him twice to offer this incredible experience to university students. He is wonderful to work with and everyone always leaves this experience…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.