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By adopting a shark, you can support the research and conservation projects of the Shark Research Unit while also enjoying the unique opportunity to name and follow the adventures of your adopted shark. Stay connected with your adopted shark and be a part of our efforts to protect these magnificent creatures.

We appreciate all contributions and the interest in adopting a shark. Please note that finding a unique shark for adoption can take some time as they are wild animals, and locating a specific individual may require additional time. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to find the perfect shark for you.

Why Adopt a Shark?

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100% of your adoption fee is allocated directly to the projects undertaken by the Shark Research Unit. Additionally, you have the option to designate your contribution to support shark research, conservation initiatives, or educational outreach programs.

What you receive?

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You will receive one-year naming rights for your adopted shark, along with an adoption video. An electronic formal adoption certificate will be provided, and you will be updated when your shark is sighted. Additionally, your adoption certificate will be featured on our website.

How to adopt?

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Adopting a shark is straightforward. Begin by choosing one of our priority species for adoption. Next, provide details about your adopted shark, such as its name and the names of its parents. After this, finalize your adoption through the Shark Research Unit’s online store.



Carcharodon carcharias

Hi, I’m Carcharodon carcharias a.k.a the great white shark. I need no introduction, as you’ve probably seen me on television doing my awesome sharky stuff. Despite my high profile, I’m rare in South Africa, and recently I disappeared from two of my main aggregation sites… Luckily, I’m still seen in Mossel Bay, home to the researchers from the Shark Research Unit. 

Adoption fee – $250

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Carcharias taurus

Hi, I’m Carcharias taurus, aka the sand tiger shark, aka the ragged-tooth shark. I have a few names… depending on where in the world I am encountered. Many people think of me as a docile sleepy shark (I’ve heard cheeky people call me a tadpole with teeth!). They haven’t seen me in action at night when I hunt.  

Adoption fee – $125

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Carcharhinus limbatus

Hi, I’m Carcharhinus limbatus, aka the blacktip shark. My special skill (if I can call it that) is that I’m the life of the party – social, gregarious, curious and mostly fun to be around. Sometimes, however, I get myself into trouble with fishermen, as I can’t resist those shiny lures. Luckily the team from the SRU is there to remove lines and hooks from my mouth and gills.   

Adoption fee – $75

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Poroderma africanum

Hi, I’m Poroderma africanum, aka  the  pyjama shark. I’m a special shark for South Africa, as I am endemic and my range is limited to its southern coastline. At the Shark Research Unit, I thrill the scientists with my awesome ability to curl up into a donut.  

Adoption fee – $50

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Meet our Adopted Sharks

The Shark Research Unit wants to thank the awesome parents who have taken on adopting a shark on our adoption program. The support these parents give allows the SRU to continue and progress with our research, conservation and education work

Continue your journey

Many sharks live for over 30 years. Continue your adoption journey with your adopted shark by renewing your annual adoption certificate. 

Is your dream to work with sharks?


The Shark Research Unit is a shark and marine research and conservation institute driven by a passionate team of shark experts. We are located in South Africa and work in two regions of priority – Aliwal Shoal and Mossel Bay. 

Our core purpose is to conduct and support original shark research, conservation and education programs through strategic partnerships with marine scientists, postgraduate students, ecotourism operators and academic institutes. 

Our focus extends to nurturing a new generation (of all ages) of shark scientists, professionals and enthusiasts. We achieve this through our great white shark research internship, learner outreach programs and expert guided shark edu-tours  



  • 182 Aalwyn Way
  • Aalwyndal
  • Mossel Bay 6520
  • South Africa


  • 34 Egerton Rd
  • Freeland Park
  • Schottburgh 4180
  • South Africa

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