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YOU SEE THEM ON SHARK WEEK – GET TO KNOW THEM IN PERSON

 

Some of the world’s top shark celebrities  scientists, TV hosts,  underwater photographers, filmmakers and conservationists    are on the auction block at Bidding for Good during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

The aim of the auction is twofold: To spotlight individuals and organizations working effectively to protect sharks, and raise funds for field research and shark conservation programs.

Up for auction is lunch or dinner with a shark celebrity. Bid on Dr. Sylvia Earle, the most eloquent spokesperson for ocean conservation and Explorer in Residence of the National Geographic Society or Dr. Leonard Compagno, the top expert on sharks and author of the first-ever field guide to sharks: Sharks of the World’. How about dinner with Chris Fallows of ‘Air Jaws’ fame, dive legend Gary Gentile, or Armand “Zig” Zigahn, founder of Beneath the Sea, the largest consumer dive and travel show in the USA? Thousands of divers have learnd about sharks and the need for their conservation through Beneath the Sea!

Also being auctioned are Al Brenneka, founder of Shark Attack Survivors, Shark Year Magazine; scientists Dr. Neil Hammershlag, Dr. Gordon Hubbell and Dr. Jennifer Schmidt; underwater photographers Amos Nachoum and Paul Spielvogel; sculptor Victor Douieb; Jim Toomey, creator of the syndicated comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon; artists Richard Ellis and Pascal Lecocq; television hosts and Richard Weise host of ABC’sf Born to Explore, Jonathan and Christine Bird, and Donald Schultz; filmmakers Nancy McGee, Joe Romeiro, and Jeff Kurr; authors Paul Mila, Juliet Eilperin and Jessica Speart; and conservationists from the American Littoral Society, Mission Blue-Google Ocean, Ocean Geographic Society, Sea Save, Shark Whisperer, Sharks International, SharkProtect, Shark Research Institute and other fine organizations. These are just a few of the dozens of “shark celebs” to be auctioned. Each one of them has a wealth of expertise and stories to share with their highest bidder.

Although most of the ‘celebs’ are in the USA, some are in Australia, Europe, South Africa and Hong Kong.

How it works: Bid on a shark expert or celebrity that lives or works nearby, unless you are willing to drive or fly to their location. The winning bidder pays for the celebrity’s meal, and may bring guests. Shark Research Institute will introduce each winning bidder to his or her shark celebrity. The two then set a mutually convenient date, time and place to get together within 365 days of the close of the auction.

The auction starts August 9, 2013 at 9 pm EST and runs for 10 days. The auction catalog is on the Shark Research Institute’s home page at www.sharks.org, and will have a link to directly enter the auction as soon as the auction opens.

Shark Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Winning bids are deductible as charitable contributions from US Federal 2013 income taxes.

 

Source:

Marie Levine

Shark Research Institute

PO Box 40, Princeton, NJ08540

Phone: 609.921.3522   Email: marie@sharks.org  http://www.sharks.org