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Sharkheads Shark Fest

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global health crisis, the Marine Education Center, by following policies set by The University of Southern Mississippi, is canceling all person-to-person educational programming through August 2020 including our summer camps. The University remains open, and our team at the MEC will use this time of disruption to conceive and execute innovative on-line programs that continue our mission of education and outreach for USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering.

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Why watch shark week on TV when you can live it?

Spend a week learning all about one of the ocean’s apex predators. Shark Fest participants may encounter Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, blacktip, spinner, hammerhead and bull sharks. Board vessels to long line for sharks and participate in shark research with our USM scientists by catching, tagging and releasing sharks.

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Summer Camps Flyer

7th - 12th — $450     |    June 8-12, 22-26 and July 13-17

(June 22-26 is located at Gulf Park Campus in Longbeach, Miss., with the option for residential camp for an additional $500.)

As a participant, you will:shark fest girl with shark

  • Interact with GCRL scientists
  • Capture, tag, and release sharks
  • Contribute to ongoing research
  • Cruise aboard a GCRL research vessel
  • Receive a SHARK FEST t-shirt
  • Learn about sharks, skates, and rays
Sharkheads Shark Fest sessions are held on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The fee is $450 per person. A $50 deposit is required with registration. For more information, contact the Marine Education Center by email or call 228.818.8095. University faculty, staff and students receive 20% Discount on camp tuition!

For more information, contact the Marine Education Center by email%20or call 228.818.8095.

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It’s a shark eat shark world out there. Come take a bite!

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