SHARK BAY RESEARCH TRUST

WHO ARE WE?

We are dedicated to conducting ground-breaking research on the great white sharks and changing the public perception of this incredibly misunderstood species.

We will encourage public participation in scientific research to raise awareness about not only the great white shark, but of all sharks, and to encourage people to become more invested in their conservation.

We want to give many researchers who are in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to gain experience not only in the data collection and analysis, but also in conveying that information to the general public.

 

OUR GOALS

  • To conduct ground-breaking research on the white sharks seen in Gansbaai, South Africa.
  • To change the negative perception of sharks being mindless killers to one where they are viewed as intelligent apex predators necessary for a healthy ecosystem.
  • To increase the public awareness of the plight that sharks around the world are currently facing.
  • To engage the public in helping with scientific research.
  • To give young researchers valuable experience in the field and in expressing scientific ideas and concepts to the general public.

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THE TEAM

Kim ‘Sharklady’ MacLean
Kim ‘Sharklady’ MacLean

Fundraising & Marketing

For Kim, shark cage diving is not just about the adrenalin of seeing a shark up close…she has made it her life’s mission to create awareness and educate people about all sharks, not just the great white. Owing to massive negative media publicity over the years, sharks have become one of the most maligned, misunderstood, even hated animals on our fragile planet. They have been pursued, hunted and indiscriminately slaughtered over the years to the point where many species are endangered.

Kim has made it her life’s goal to dispel some of the hype and myth and the fear which surrounds these magnificent animals. Kim says, “Even if through our commitment, we only introduce some element of objective perspective to the people whom we come into contact with, then we have at least made some contribution to maintaining the natural balance in at least one ecosystem in our communal home, earth.”