The Shark Research Unit dedicates time to raising awareness and knowledge in learners of all ages. Changing humans perceptions of sharks is the only hope to achieve a sustainable future for sharks and marine life. 


The Shark Research Unit aims to reach direct sources who will impact the future of South Africa’s oceans in the coming years. By providing in-class and virtual education opportunities to South African learners residing in our two areas of priority – Aliwal Shoal and Mossel Bay.  We offer several innovative outreach programs to partner schools, asking the next-generation of leaders and influencers to be the change that South Africa’s sharks and oceans need.  Our primary focus is working with learners from disadvantaged and impoverished areas where students may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the wonders of the ocean.


Travelling education drives. These are dedicated educational trips to neighbouring schools to present an interactive educational syllabus on sharks and the oceans. The program is designed to be an interactive, hands-on learning experience, and includes puppet shows, touch displays, educational videos, Q and A’s amongst other fun and engaging activities.

Virtual lessons. During Covid, we offer partner schools the opportunity for a virtual zoom based education syllabus, where our team of experts engage with class rooms virtually. The syllabus includes shark videos, education presentations, and fun competitions.


Shark diving and ecotourism ventures have long been presented as powerful ways to advocate for shark conservation and education. With our shark tourism partners – White Shark Africa and Blue Wilderness expeditions, we provide dedicated educational officers to these expeditions to help improve the ecotourism products with cutting edge research, knowledge, and ideas about sharks. Through our contribution, guests can readily engage with scientific experts and walk away with a greater appreciation of sharks and shark conservation.


Pre-dive Presentation. We offer a pre-dive presentation on the sharks that will be encountered, the way to interact with them, some key features to look out for and some thoughts to consider when interacting with them on the dive / adventures

Q and A’s. Our dedicated education officer wears an identifying shirt, and informally engages with clients during the activity and, answers all clients questions and thoughts throughout the activity. Talking points are prompted by way of short entertaining posters that are presented on the activity boats. 


The Surfer Kids was founded in 2010 in Mossel Bay, in the Southern Cape of South Africa and is a registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO) with registration number 136-987 NPO. The Surfer Kids aims at the empowerment of marginalized and impoverished youths through  character building activities that teach commitment and dedication. Each month the Shark Research Unit joins the surfer kids programs to assist in beach cleanups, offer shark education presentations, and spend time braaing (BBC’ing), eating and building relationships with the children of the Surfer Kids.


Beach cleanup. Our students, staff and interns join up with the kids from surfer kids to clean our local beaches on a twice monthly basis. For an award for contributing to the health of the Mossel Bay ocean health, the Shark Research Unit sponsors a massive braai (BBQ) after joining in on an afternoon of surfing with the talented kids from the program

Marine Education. Interns and students present new and entertaining monthly presentation on shark and marine conservation for the surfer kids. Building knowledge and awareness in our future generation of marine leaders. 


Join the Shark Research Unit as a research intern and live shark week every week! 


Do you want a passionate team of shark experts to visit your school and educate your learners? Connect with the Shark Research Unit



We partner with numerous local schools, clubs and conservancies as part of our ongoing outreach program. Our aim is to dispel myths about sharks and open peoples eyes to the wonders of the marine environment.

Future ocean ambassadors

The Shark Research Unit is dedicated to creating the next generation of ocean ambassadors. Through educational outreach programs, we assist in opening learners minds to the wonders of the marine world.

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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