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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Meet a Real Life Shark Scientist

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Justin

60 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 500
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join with us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our subjects.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an adventure on and under the ocean to tag and track large sharks. To discover more we’ll take skin and blood samples and implant satellite, archival & acoustic tags.

Once we've discovered a thing or two about these animals, you'll learn the logistics of filming them and have all of your burning questions answered (Are sharks aggressive? Do we really want MORE sharks in the ocean!?).

Most importantly, you’ll become part of our efforts to protect and restore marine ecosystems while understanding how you can have a positive influence on the ocean and world around you.

*Interested in booking for your YOUNG ocean enthusiast? I'll add a fun activity for private kids groups!

**This Experience is great for TEAM BUILDING. Book a private experience for your colleagues.

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Join with us as we virtually dive into the site of 12 years of shark research - a vibrant marine reserve brimming with sharks and big fish. Meet a world-record sized school of fish (some bigger than you!), a celebrity tiger shark and her sharky cousins as we uncover new information on the movement, personalities, and behaviours of our subjects.

Through a selection of photo's and video's this live online experience will take you on an a…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Justin can host private groups of any size, up to 500 guests. Private group rates start at $213.

What to bring

  • Phone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection
  • Your favourite ocean attire
  • All your marine questions
  • Your home! #StayHome
From $27
/ person
Sun, 28 Feb
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
This time is popular
$27 per person
$27 per person
Sun, 28 Feb
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
$27 per person
$27 per person
Mon, 1 Mar
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
$27 per person
$27 per person

Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 695 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello I’m Justin

It’s great to meet you! I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded and continue to support shark research and conservation programs, fuelled by you and Airbnb! I am happiest when sharing the secrets of our ocean's creatures, uncovered through science, with you!

My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; manatees in Florida; giant trevally, tiger sharks, and bull sharks in Mozambique; the great sardine run in South Africa; and most recently, the vibrant coastline around Cape Town, South Africa. 

I have many experiences, stories, and photos to share.....and look forward 
to answering your questions and learning about your interest in the ocean.
Hello I’m Justin

It’s great to meet you! I’m a passionate marine biologist, eco-optimist, shark guy, and new father. After completing my master’s in marine biology, I co-founded and continue to support shark research and conservation programs, fuelled by you and Airbnb! I am happiest when sharing the secrets of our ocean's creatures, uncovered through science, with you!

My lifelong passion has taken me to work on manta rays in the Seychelles; manatees in Florida; giant trev…
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About the organisation: The RockHopper Fund



The Rockhopper Fund believes in the power of influence. We amplify those swimming against the current. Those seeking to discover, protect and - most importantly - act. Over the last 11 years our pioneering work has created healthy oceans, our biggest ally in the climate crisis. Journey with us on Instagram (@justinblakephoto) & help us make a bigger splash, for the ocean and the planet.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The RockHopper Fund.
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 695 reviews.

Rosanne
February 2021
We booked this as a company treat and loved it. It's was SO interesting to listen to Justin telling us about their work and other facts about sharks. It's also super interactive, Justin answered our millions and millions of questions. Will definitely recommend this experience to others!
We booked this as a company treat and loved it. It's was SO interesting to listen to Justin telling us about their work and other facts about sharks. It's also super interactive, J…
Ryan
February 2021
We booked this for a corporate teambuilding experience and got rave reviews. Justin is a fantastic host - friendly, engaging and warm. I love that this was a family-friendly experience. One of our attendees brought their son, who had a total blast. Thanks for welcoming our families, Justin. Highly recommend this experience!
We booked this for a corporate teambuilding experience and got rave reviews. Justin is a fantastic host - friendly, engaging and warm. I love that this was a family-friendly experi…
Olivia
February 2021
Justin is personable, attentive and engaging with a passion for the big blue and a gift for storytelling. I’m a shark/ocean novice while my partner is more experienced, and the chat captivated both of us. Could not recommend more!
Erin
February 2021
I booked Justin as a family event to learn more about a topic we are interested in. It was such a great presentation with incredible footage. Justin included everyone into the discussion and we all really enjoyed it. We also all liked that the event contributed to additional shark research. A cool virtual experience.
I booked Justin as a family event to learn more about a topic we are interested in. It was such a great presentation with incredible footage. Justin included everyone into the disc…
Matthew
February 2021
Excellent fun for those with ocean experience or not. Justin did a great job of teaching about the Shark's importance to the ocean and global ecosystem while showing us what needs to be done to protect and support the crucial marine animals. Highly recommended!!
Excellent fun for those with ocean experience or not. Justin did a great job of teaching about the Shark's importance to the ocean and global ecosystem while showing us what needs…
Artkoea
February 2021
Justin was incredibly available in answering all questions and made us feel welcome to share our stories and emotions. The story per se is very interesting and awe-inspiring and combined with Jake's passion and experience it becomes even more beautiful. I reccomend this for marine enthusiasts, people who are passionate about wildlife conservation and for anyone who has a friend or a child who you think can be inspired to take on this journey or even become involved in marine or animal conservation. Or they just really like sharks! :D I also reccomend to think about some interesting questions you would like to ask before so you can come prepared and also make it more interesting for others because when i was there many people asked curious questions and shared interesting stories and i think that was the cherry on top :)
Justin was incredibly available in answering all questions and made us feel welcome to share our stories and emotions. The story per se is very interesting and awe-inspiring and co…

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  • Sun, 28 Feb
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    This time is popular
    $27 per person
  • Sun, 28 Feb
    10:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
    $27 per person
  • Mon, 1 Mar
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    Join 2 other guests
    $27 per person
  • Mon, 1 Mar
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    $27 per person
  • Wed, 3 Mar
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    $27 per person
  • Wed, 3 Mar
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    $27 per person
  • Thu, 4 Mar
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    $27 per person
  • Thu, 4 Mar
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    $27 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.