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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Meet a Real Life Shark Scientist

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences collection

Online experience hosted by Justin

60 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 500
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our favourite animals.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an adventure on and under the ocean to tag and track large sharks. To discover more we’ll take skin and blood samples and implant satellite, archival & acoustic tags.

Once we've discovered a thing or two about these animals, you'll learn the logistics of filming them and have all of your questions answered (Are sharks aggressive? Do we really want MORE sharks in the ocean!?).

Most importantly, you’ll become part of our efforts to protect and restore marine ecosystems while understanding how you can have a positive influence on the ocean and world around you.

*Interested in booking for your YOUNG ocean enthusiast? I'll add a fun activity for private kids groups!

**This Experience is great for TEAM BUILDING. Book a private experience for your colleagues.

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Join us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our favourite animals.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Justin can host private groups of any size, up to 500 guests. Private group rates start at $228.

What to bring

  • Phone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection
  • Your favourite ocean attire
  • All your marine questions
  • Your home! #StayHome
From $28
/ person
Sun, 7 Mar
$28 per person
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
Join 4 other guests
$28 per person
Tue, 9 Mar
$28 per person
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
$28 per person
Fri, 12 Mar
$32 per person
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
$32 per person

Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 705 Reviews
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Hello I’m Justin

It’s great to meet you! I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded and continue to support shark research and conservation programs, fuelled by you and Airbnb! I am happiest when sharing the secrets of our ocean's creatures, uncovered through science, with you!

My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; manatees in Florida; giant trevally, tiger sharks, and bull sharks in Mozambique; the great sardine run in South Africa; and most recently, the vibrant coastline around Cape Town, South Africa. 

I have many experiences, stories, and photos to share.....and look forward 
to answering your questions and learning about your interest in the ocean.
Hello I’m Justin

It’s great to meet you! I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded and continue to support shark research and conservation programs, fuelled by you and Airbnb! I am happiest when sharing the secrets of our ocean's creatures, uncovered through science, with you!

My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; manatees in Florida; giant trev…
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About the organisation: The RockHopper Fund



The Rockhopper Fund believes in the power of influence. We amplify those swimming against the current. Those seeking to discover, protect and - most importantly - act. Over the last 11 years our pioneering work has created healthy oceans, our biggest ally in the climate crisis. Journey with us on Instagram (@justinblakephoto) & help us make a bigger splash, for the ocean and the planet.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The RockHopper Fund.
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 705 reviews.

Connor
March 2021
A fascinating hour with a personable and knowledgeable scientist - great for introducing kids to protecting the oceans, they were riveted! Thank you Justin for being a little sunbeam from the outside world into our lockdown lives....
Charles
March 2021
Great experience! It was very engaging and informative. Justin was a great host and it was awesome to get a chance to ask a shark expert all our shark related questions.
Lauren
March 2021
Justin’s experience was amazing! My team at work signed up for a group bonding activity and we loved hearing Justin’s expertise and passion as a Shark Scientist. We learned a lot and had fun. Justin also joined the call at 11pm his time to accommodate our NYC timing. He made us all feel comfortable and welcome. Absolutely would recommend!
Justin’s experience was amazing! My team at work signed up for a group bonding activity and we loved hearing Justin’s expertise and passion as a Shark Scientist. We learned a lot a…
Lisa
March 2021
Excellent and extremely informative. We'll definitely get our children to hear Justin, as it's so educational and important for them to understand the environment around them.
Fiona
February 2021
Very insightful and interactive session with Justin about his work monitoring sharks at the protected marine park in South Africa. His enthusiasm and passion was infectious, drawing our lots of questions from the attendees.
Sevil
February 2021
The best virtual activity we have had so far with my team. Besides having a chance to connect with someone from the other side of the world, Justin was the best. He is so interesting and fun to connect with. We learned a lot about sharks. There was no moment we felt bored. Justin took his time and made sure we also asked all of our questions.
The best virtual activity we have had so far with my team. Besides having a chance to connect with someone from the other side of the world, Justin was the best. He is so interesti…

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  • Sun, 7 Mar
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    Join 4 other guests
    $28 per person
  • Tue, 9 Mar
    10:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
    $28 per person
  • Wed, 10 Mar
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    Join 5 other guests
    $28 per person
  • Wed, 10 Mar
    10:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
    $28 per person
  • Thu, 11 Mar
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    Join 2 other guests
    $28 per person
  • Thu, 11 Mar
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    $28 per person
  • Fri, 12 Mar
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    $32 per person
  • Fri, 12 Mar
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    $28 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.