Sharks have been around for millions of years. They play a vital role in our ecosystem and are responsible for helping to keep our oceans health. But did you know that many species of sharks are threatened with extinction?

In honor of the shark, Pura Vida Divers will be hosting a Social Night on January 30th, 2015 to raise awareness for sharks. This is a FREE event!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a diver, surfer or beach goer, everyone is welcome to attend. So join us for an evening of socializing, delicious food, and sharks.

Dr Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor in the department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, will be presenting. Topics will include: Shark ecology (habitat and behavior), current migration research off the coast from Singer Island, and what we all can do to protect shark populations world wide. For more information about Dr Stephen Kajiura, please see his bio at the bottom of this blog.

Our team will be providing drinks and appetizers, and guests are welcomed to bring a small covered dish of food to the Social Night. This way everyone is sure to have their favorite dish. This is not a requirement! If you are unable to bring a dish, please do not let the dish prevent you from coming.

We will also have a 50/50 cash drawing and shark cut outs to raise money for the FAU Foundation for shark research and the Adopt a Shark Program. So don’t forget to bring some cash!!

Itinerary for the Evening:

6:15 – 7:00 Happy Hour!
(Food, drinks and socializing)

7:00 – 7:45 Presentation by Dr Stephen Kajiura

7:45 – 8:30 50/50 cash drawing

Please RSVP by Monday, January 26, 2015
(561) 840-8750

January’s guest presenter, Dr Stephen Kajiura is and accomplished scientist and world renowned.  Check out some of his accomplishments.

Dr Stephen Kajiura an associate professor in the department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. His area of expertise is the sensory biology of sharks and rays with an emphasis on the electrosensory system.  Dr Kajiura integrates sensory physiology with comparative morphology to test how the platform shape of the head influences the information received by the sensory receptors.  His recent work has focused on how the hammerhead shark perceives its environment given its unique head shape and broadly distributed eyes, nostrils and electroreceptors.  Dr Kajiura has conducted research for various agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.  He has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous talks at scientific conferences.  He has supervised a dozen graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and has served on numerous thesis committees for students from around the world.  Dr Kajiura maintains a strong public outreach service, primarily through television documentary appearances, and has served as an elected member of the American Elasmobranch Society Board of Directors.