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‘My Sharklab Experience,’ by former intern Andrew Haring

The Bimini Biological Field Station has a special place in my heart, from when I first stepped off the plane, I knew my adventure was just beginning. Being greeted by two barefoot and sun-tanned staff members I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear. After placing my bags in the truck, we drove down a sand road while I excited and nervously awaited the arrival to infamous Shark Lab. As we drove up, I could tell this wasn’t going to just be another internship.

Meeting people from all over the globe, with different backgrounds, all working together like a well-oiled machine with one main goal; shark research and conservation. The next week was spent attending in-depth classes that covered everything from the current research going on at the lab, Bimini’s native species and fish ID, household responsibilities, and my personal favourite shark handling. Each day at the lab is different from the last, with so many projects going on, you get your hand in each project learning valuable data collection skills and gaining knowledge along the way.

Working and living in close quarters with people from all around the world allowed me to make lifelong friends and learn from some of the most brilliant people you could meet!  The shark lab has a nostalgic magical feeling to it. It was one of the hardest places I’ve ever had to leave if I could describe my experience at the shark lab I would say it was one of the most life changing, magical and exhilarating times of my life.



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