BIMI’s 2nd Annual Silent Auction, August 13th at 6 to 8 PM.
BLOCK ISLAND’S ICONIC VISITOR-THE GREAT WHITE SHARK, Jon Dodd, Executor Director of the Atlantic Shark Institute
Block Island is a gorgeous piece of land that attracts all sorts of summer visitors to its shores every summer. Many are welcome, easily understood, and easy to predict (food, drink, beach, ferry, repeat…).
However, what happens under the water is a little less known and not as easy to understand or quantify. Jon Dodd, Executive Director of the Atlantic Shark Institute, will be joining us to talk all about Block Island’s newest and perhaps least known visitor, the great white shark. Through tagging efforts, acoustic technology, observations and more, Jon will get into detail on the research the Atlantic Shark Institute is conducting, what these sharks are doing here at BI, how many have passed by, if any have decided to call BI home, and what, if any influence the growing seal population at BI has had on these sharks.
- Jon is an experienced marine biologist who has spent his entire life on the water with a particular affinity for sharks. From his first close encounter with a blue shark at age 14, he has been fascinated by sharks and their growing need for greater understanding and management in many parts of the world. Jon tagged his first shark in the 1980’s and has been engaged in shark research ever since. Jon leads the Atlantic Shark Institute and all the shark research projects that they are engaged in; including white sharks, mako, blue, thresher, porbeagle, spinner, blacktip and more. He has caught, tagged and released more than 1,000 sharks on rod and reel and also has an Advanced Open-Water Dive certification. You may have seen him, or read about him, on Discovery’s Shark Week, National Geographic’s Shark Fest, CNN, Fortune and many other media outlets.
The island as classroom:
The College Crusade comes to Block Island
The College Crusade visits Block Island. Standing, from left, Block Island Maritime Institute Program Director Valerie Preler, College Crusade Teachers Harry Moore and Omar Valerio. Seated, from left, are students Ricardo Vicente, Kaheim Horacius, Kaishawn Goncalves, teacher Genesis Castaneda, students Matheo Perez, Leo Chan and Alan de la Cruz. Photos by Lars Trodson.
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