PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation will organize St Maarten Shark Week in the week of 18th until 25th of June 2016. Shark week is part of the DCNA Save our Shark Project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.
During this event different activities will be organized to show the importance of sharks for our reefs, island and tourism. The Nature Foundation will show how they perform Shark research around our island, they will teach participants to recognize different shark species and why sharks are not frightening or dangerous.
‘Shark Week will start with an Open Day at the Nature Foundation Office at the Fisherman’s Wharf in Cole Bay on Saturday the 18th of June at 12-4pm. We will organize a movie night to show the amazing documentary ‘Sharkwater’ (19th of June 8pm) and people can enjoy listening to our shark expert presentation (22nd of June 8pm) at Buccaneers’, says Nature Foundations project Officer Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern’.
She continues with ‘We will end Shark Week with a Shark Party at Buccaneers (25th of June 7.30pm) with Electric Shark Cocktails, local Shark videos and Shark Games. Celebrity, Save our Shark Ambassador and Comedian Jorgen Raymann from the Netherlands will visit our Shark Party and therewith will show his support for Caribbean Sharks’.
During Shark Week there will be plenty of kids activities. ‘We will organize a Shark Stanley color contest and Quiz for kids with amazing prizes all related to the sea with a prize giving being held during the Shark Party at 7.30pm.
There will be also shark quizzes and games to play for kids, Shark Stanley will be there with books and temporary tattoos, kids can get shark face paintings and be a shark in a shark costume’.
Shark experts ‘Jillian and Duncan Brake’ from the the Education Organization ‘Sharks4kids’ will participate in the activities of the Nature Foundation for Shark Week. Together with the Nature Foundation they will also visit St Maarten schools to talk with students about sharks and marine ecosystems during the week.
If you are a certified scuba diver, you can join Duncan Brake on a special shark education dive during shark week. For information about the program go to the St Maarten Nature Foundation Facebook page.