The course will be taught by Dr. Peter Kimley for 9 days.

Dr. Kimley is a former Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology and Director of the Biotelemetry Laboratory at the University of California Davies.

Between May 14 and 24, 2022, lectures on the biology of sharks and rays of Cocos Island will be given aboard the SharkWater.

After an introductory talk about the life history of sharks and rays and characteristics for the identification of the species, different topics will be developed such as.

  1. An introduction to the sharks and rays at Cocos, providing the identifying characteristics of each species with photos of each species with a little about the life history of each,
  2. The evolution of sharks through geological time, including a discussion of the demise of the huge Megalodon shark that fed on the proto whales,
  3. The anatomy of sharks and rays and their modes of swimming,
  4. The physiology of the cold bodied reef sharks and warm bodied mackerel sharks,
  5. Sharks acute olfactory and mechanoreceptive abilities using their lateral lines and inner ears,
  6. Sharks use of vision and electroreception to capture prey and use of electroreception (magnetoreception) in guiding them while making nightly foraging trips and long-distance migrations,
  7. Feeding mechanisms such as ambushing, pursuit, scavenging, and plankton feeding,
  8. Shark rates of growth and longevity with one species, the sleeper shark, living to an age of 360 years,

Between many other topics

Academic credit is possible. Ask for details

The course will also be open to anyone in the general public interested in learning more about sharks.