October 21, 2014  

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Junior, Senior High Students Take Part in Shark Fest Summer Camp

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Shark Fest camp participants tag one of the sharks caught off the Barrier Islands during this summer's camp. (Submitted photo)

For any youngster dreaming of one day studying sharks and shark behavior, the Shark Fest Summer Camp offers a real-life glimpse.

Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Marine Education Center in Oceans Springs, the five-day camp gives junior and senior high students a chance to visit the top shark fishing hotspots around the Barrier Islands aboard a research vessel. Participants also have an opportunity to catch and tag sharks while contributing to ongoing scientific research.

A total of 101 students participated in the three Shark Fest camps held this summer.

To see a special FOX News report on the students’ adventure visit: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/08/15/young-kids-have-plenty-close-encounters-during-real-life-shark-week/

For more information about Shark Fest, contact the Marine Education Center by email or call 228.818.8833 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec/shark.fest.php.