Explore our Coast. Become Experts. Think Big!
Dolphins and sharks and birds, oh my! The sea is full of creatures, both big and small, all of which play crucial roles in the delicate marine ecosystem. In this 6-week class, we will focus on the large, delving into the sea to study the giants of the ocean, from sharks to whales, in order to become marine scientists and megafauna experts!
This high school level course is an introduction to the diversity of "megafauna", or large animal species, that inhabit coastal and oceanic waters off California, and the issues related to their conservation. Students will learn about the oceanography of the California marine ecosystem and the biology, ecology, and social behavior of many of its most charismatic “megafauna” species, including sharks, whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and marine birds. Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity for classroom and on-the-water learning experiences, such as fishing trips to encounter sharks, kayaking for dolphin watching, or excursions to see the King Harbor’s colony of California sea lions. Join us as we learn more about these incredible marine animals that live just off our coast!
This class will be taught by a professional marine scientist, Dr. Andrea Dell'Apa, who has experience working with all sorts of megafauna, specifically sharks. Join him on the adventure of a lifetime in our Marine Megafauna class!
Instructor: Dr. Andrea Dell’Apa
Mondays - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Grade Guidelines: 9th - 12th grade
Cost: $190 for 6 weeks / $35 drop-in
Fall Semester 2019 - October 28th - December 9th (No class on November 25th for Thanksgiving Break)
Enrollment: minimum 6 students / maximum 14 students
Note: If you will be using a school voucher for class payment you can still register your child using our system.
What to bring/wear: swimwear, sunscreen, hat, towel, water, and snacks.
Class Location: The Marine Innovation Hub - 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277