Starting August 10, 2014 at 9 pm EST and runing for 10 days the annual “Shark Celebrity Auction” to the benefit of the Shark Research Institute will feature high profile Shark experts and some involved artists as Victor Douieb and myself.
More info at Sharks.org
I will be available mostly in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area, with opportunities in France (Paris, Fontainebleau, Angers in January), Chicago (Feb 28th), Columbus, OH (March 21st), NYC (March 24-28), or at the ends of the earth if ticket provided !
(Shark tagging with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, Islamorada, FL, @ pic Patti Gross)
Why is Florida is such a ‘Sharky’ State?
Because it has some of the World’s Top Shark Experts!
Florida’s Shark Experts and Celebrities on the Auction Block during Shark Week.
You’ve seen them on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, Animal Planet and the BBC − they are the world’s top shark experts, celebrities, and ocean conservationists. Now you can meet them in person for lunch or dinner, learn why they care and why the ocean needs sharks.
More than 50 of the world’s top shark experts are allowing themselves to be auctioned to raise funds for shark conservation. Being auctioned are dinners (or lunches) with the world’s foremost shark experts. It is a unique opportunity to “talk shark” face-to-face, one-on-one, with a real authority on sharks!
Florida shark experts and celebrities being auctioned include Pascal Lecocq – The Painter of the Blue; ocean explorer, publisher and editor, photojournalist and television producer Richard Stewart; the world’s expert on fossil sharks and shark teeth Dr. Gordon Hubbell; Al Brenneka, Founder of Shark Attack Survivors; the Shark Whisperer Sara Brenes; and shark behaviorist and forensic shark attack investigator Dr. Erich Ritter.
Other shark celebrities include Chris Fallows who studies and films the aerial acrobatics of huge white sharks off the coast of South Africa; legendary filmmaker Jeff Kurr; Rod Roddenberry of Roddenberry Adventures and son of Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry; model, actor and shark conservationist Xtian K; explorer Nancy McGee; conservationist and author of Sharks; A Love Story Jupp Baron Kerckerinck zur Borg; and award-winning underwater photographers Paul Spielvogel and Amos Nachoum; shark diving pioneer Stuart Cove; and Cristina Zenato – shark behaviorist and member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
These are just a few of the shark experts in the auction. Every one of them has a wealth of information to share with their highest bidder.
How it works: Bid on a shark expert or celebrity that lives or works nearby, unless you are willing to drive or fly to the expert’s location. The winning bidder pays for the celebrity’s meal, and may bring guests. Shark Research Institute will introduce each winning bidder to his or her shark celebrity. The two then set a date, time and place to meet within one year of the close of the auction.
The auction starts Sunday evening, August 10th and will run throughout Shark Week. The easiest way to enter the auction is through the link on the Shark Research Institute’s home page at www.sharks.org.
Shark Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) international multidisciplinary non profit. All winning bids (and donations) are tax deductible charitable contributions from US Federal 2014 income taxes.
For more information, contact:
Shark Research Institute
PO Box 40
Princeton, NJ 08540
Note: Although the auction won’t go live until Sunday evening, the Catalog is available for review on SRI’s home page at www.sharks.org