SPOTTED: Celebrate leopard sharks throughout July.

SPOTTED: Leopard Sharks

Celebrate local leopards during special activities in July

We're dedicating the month of July to one of our favorite locals – the leopard shark!

Thousands of these amazing sharks congregate every year near La Jolla Shores. Celebrate the leopard shark all month long with special activities, lectures, underwater excursions, and exclusive interactions with Scripps Oceanography researcher Andy Nosal, who studies these animals. Check back for 2013 events!

Schedule of Events

Google+ Hangout with Leopard Shark Pups

Monday, July 2: 11 a.m.

 Join our Google+ Hangout – a live video chat on Google’s new social networking platform – with Scripps leopard shark researcher Andy Nosal. We’ll be chatting live from Andy’s leopard shark lab at Scripps Oceanography, where Nosal studies leopard pups and their moms. Anyone can watch live, but a few fans will have the opportunity to ask Andy questions directly. Leave a comment on our Google+ Page if you'd like the chance to talk with Andy. 

Leopard-Shark Focused Dive Shows

Tues & Thurs at 12:30 p.m., Sat at 2 p.m., Sun at 10:30 a.m.

 
Learn about leopard sharks as you watch them glide through our 70,000-gallon kelp forest tank during these 20-minute, interactive dive shows. Listen as dynamic presenters, one of whom is diving in the tank, discuss the unique world of kelp forests, where leopard sharks reside. Included with admission.

Talk with a Shark Scientist

Mondays: July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Fridays: July 6, 20 & 27

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit with scientists from Andy Nosal’s lab, see some of their newest pups and learn what it’s like growing up as a leopard shark. At 11 a.m. on July 16 & 20, we’ll be Skype-ing live with Andy from his shark lab at Scripps Oceanography. Included with admission. 

Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture

Local Legends: The Leopard Sharks of La Jolla Shores

Monday, July 9: 6:30-8 p.m.
 
Summertime in San Diego means the return of leopard sharks to La Jolla Shores. Contrary to popular belief, these sharks – 97% of which are pregnant females – are not giving birth or mating during their stay. Join Andy Nosal to find out what scientists really think is going on. Discover what gadgets Andy uses to track the sharks and learn what makes La Jolla the animals' preferred hang out. Find out why this shark population is particularly vulnerable and how the local no-take marine reserve protects it.
Cost: $8 per person 

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks

July 14: SOLD OUT

July 22: SOLD OUT

 Dive in with aquarium naturalists and visit leopard sharks in their underwater home off the La Jolla Coast. Pick up snorkel tips as you discover the abundant variety of animals that make their homes among the kelp, sandy bottom and rocks. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. RSVP Required
Cost: $30 per person
Ages: 10+ (minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult)

SEA Days: Sharks Around the Globe

July 21: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

  Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure! Did you know that more than 370 species of sharks swim the world’s oceans? Enhance your knowledge of these spectacular fish and their amazing adaptations through hands-on activities. Meet Scripps scientists studying sharks and learn what you can do to help protect these important predators. Included with admission.

Summer Camp: Shark Encounters

For grades 4-6

July 9-13, July 23-27 & Aug. 20-24
1-4 p.m.

 
Explore the ocean from top to bottom during our accredited Summer Learning Adventure Camps. Campers in grades 4-6 can become shark experts as they spend the week investigating and encountering a variety of sharks. They’ll learn about shark biology, behavior and conservation through observation and hands-on activities. Campers can snorkel with local sharks and meet Scripps Oceanography shark researchers. Cost per camper: $255. 

About Andy Nosal

Andy NosalAndy Nosal is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in marine biology at Scripps Oceanography.  His research focuses on various aspects of leopard shark behavior and reproduction, with a special emphasis on understanding the causes and biological implications of the leopard shark aggregation that forms along La Jolla Shores beach every spring, summer and fall.
 
In 2007, Andy graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a specialization in environmental and biological conservation.  During that time, he also completed coursework at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, including fieldwork on the Great Barrier Reef.  In 2008, Andy interned with Oceana South America under the auspices of a fellowship awarded by the National Science Foundation and Scripps’ Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation to investigate shark finning in the artisanal shark fishery of Chile.
 
Andy partners with Birch Aquarium at Scripps to conduct outreach activities that promote shark conservation and improve public education in marine science.