Having had the opportunity to be in The Shark Odyssey’s citizen science program was truly a one of a kind experience. I’ve learned a lot during these two weeks and I think what makes this program so special is that it combines tourism with science and conservation. As volunteers, we had the opportunity to not only interact with sharks, mobula rays, sea lions, and countless marine life, but also received lectures about their biology, behaviour, as well as preservation issues and current research methodology. Being face to face with these creatures in their natural habitats made me realize that a lot of the times, people have preconceived notions about them that are not accurate, and that we should look at the evidence before making any judgements.
— Pablo Madrigal, 21
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