Dr. Hammerhead to visit Inishowen

A baby basking shark, seen off the coast of Malin Head.
A baby basking shark, seen off the coast of Malin Head.

A leading shark biologist and one of the Discovery Channel’s famous ‘Sharkmen’ is to visit Malin Head and undertake a shark biology workshop at Carndonagh Secondary school on Wednesday, October 1st.

The event is part of a nationwide lecture tour organised by the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group, RDS and the American Embassy in Dublin. The marine biology workshop in Carndonagh, which will be delivered by Dr Klimley (AKA Dr. Hammerhead ) and the local Inishowen-based Basking Shark research team, will focus on encouraging students to consider science and in particular marine biology as a career choice.

“Bringing Dr Klimley to Malin Head is another small step in furthering our plans to develop an internationally important Marine Centre with research and education facilities at Malin Head. Over the past number of years we have established an excellent working relationship with QUB and GMIT through our shark research programs and this tour highlights the significance of that research which has been undertaken on our doorstep.” said Emmett Johnston coordinator of the Inishowen-based group.

Each year, the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group undertakeS a new project to raise awareness in the coastal communities around Malin head about the wider marine environment. The lecture tour is designed to establish a working relationship with Dr Klimleys research team and develop collaborative studies which further the knowledge and conservation of shark species worldwide.

Dr. Peter Klimley is a world renowned shark biologist and the internationally recognised authority on Hammerhead sharks. He started his career as a fringe researcher who questioned established shark study methods and scientific thought on shark behaviour.

His early work was characterised by low budget, high impact studies which broke ground in human understanding of what makes sharks tick and more important why they are aggressive under certain circumstances.

“Dr. Klimley’s visit to our study site helps us to broaden the reach and significance of our work here at Malin Head and further develop our reputation as one of the top study sites for cold water sharks in the world,” said Donal Griffen, the chief organiser of the Lecture tour

The lecture tour starts in Dublin at the RDS on Monday, September 29th before moving to Queens University Belfast and Carndonagh Secondary School on October 1st. It then travels to GMIT and Galway Aquarium on October 2nd and 3rd.

All lectures are booked out except the RDS which has a limited number of tickets left. Further information can be found on www.baskingshark.ie or www.rds.ie.