Return to Book Page. Which species of sharks live within nautical miles of North American shores, and what do we know about them? Castro's The Sharks of North America is the first comprehensive book in sixty years to address these questions, and it does so with unrivaled authority and aesthetic detail. The comprehensive species accounts summarize the present knowledge. Each begi Which species of sharks live within nautical miles of North American shores, and what do we know about them?
Each begins with the etymology of a species' common and scientific names, followed by the description, identifying characteristics, geographic range, biology, reproduction, location of nurseries, growth and longevity, and relation to humans. These accounts synthesize decades of research and first-hand examination of sharks collected in fisheries and research operations across the continent.
They are thorough, current, and dispel many myths and misunderstandings found in the scientific and popular literature. Each species is illustrated by one or more original profile figures in color, augmented by images of the snout, upper and lower teeth, and dermal denticles. The stunning color illustrations have been painted directly from freshly dead sharks or Castro's photographs of live or fresh specimens. Their anatomical accuracy and true-to-life coloration are unmatched. The detailed pen and ink drawings of the snout and teeth are crucial aids to species identification, as are the exquisite scanning electron microphotographs of dermal denticles.
The Sharks of North America will serve as the standard reference on sharks for the twenty-first century and is certain to become the primary source of information for anyone interested in sharks, from professional biologists and conservationists to students, informed laypersons, and fishermen. To ask other readers questions about The Sharks of North America , please sign up.
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An amazing marine conservation volunteering experience Monday thru Friday on a private Caribbean island on the Belize Barrier Reef and the weekends on the mainland exploring all Belize has to offer. From ancient ruins, jungles and nature expeditions, spelunking, repelling, ziplining, cave and river tubing, to cultural tours; there is something for everyone on the weekends. You are guaranteed a trip of a lifetime in Belize!
From there, you will make a connection flight to Placencia, Belize via a small hopper plane. The short hopper flights typically provide around 9 daily flights on the weekends to and from Belize International Airport and Placencia. There are two airline companies that operate hopper flights in Belize.
All volunteers must schedule arrival and departure on a Saturday or Sunday. We will depart for the island on Monday from Placencia, Belize at am and return on Friday to Placencia anywhere from 11am-1pm.
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Highlights Highlights. Requirements Require- ments. What's Included What's Included. Reviews Reviews. Feel the thrill of swimming with a whale shark, the excitement of spearing the invasive lionfish, and the satisfaction in helping the marine environment. Volunteer on a remote private Caribbean island, a real castaway island located directly on the Belize Barrier Reef. Protect the reef ecosystem by directly participating in our ongoing marine conservation projects and learn all about coral reefs and marine life.
Learn to dive or further your dive qualifications; everyone contributes regardless of your experience. Have an adventure, make new international friends, and give back to a cause you believe in while having lots of fun! Join an award winning project and become part of an active research team.
Learn to dive or further your skills while doing hands-on conservation projects! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:. What will you be doing? Queen Conch Surveys The queen conch is a large marine mollusk whose scientific name strombus gigas means giant spiral shell. Dive Certifications and Courses Offered on the Island Our volunteer trips are for both non-experienced and experienced divers. No worries, many of our volunteers come to the island to learn to dive. Looking to further your dive credentials? Many of our volunteers come to our island to further their diving certification status.
Regardless of your diving level, our island is a wonderful place to learn with calm, clear waters and little current. We have many dive courses available to help you develop your scuba and marine conservation skills while on the island volunteering with us. Below is the price our program charges for each PADI certification course and how long it will take you to complete the certification course on the island. Shark Conservation. Lots of hammock time!! Depending how long your stay with us is, the weekends back on the mainland are yours to explore.
Besides the incredible diving and conservation experience you will have with us Monday-Friday on our island, Belize has so much to explore on the mainland where you will be on the weekend! From ancient ruins, jungles and nature expeditions, spelunking, repelling, ziplining, cave and river tubing, to cultural tours; there is something for everyone. Water Sports. Program Requirements. Minimum Age: 16 years. In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills. Required Documents. Nationality Restrictions. Other Skills. Anyone can volunteer. Everyone can make a difference regardless of skill and ability. No experience is necessary, just a desire to be the change you wish to see in the world! Time Commitment. Included Services. Services by ReefCI. Vegetarian, Vegan, Food Allergery? Internet Access. What's NOT included?
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An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Flight Tickets. We assist you to find cheap flights to Belize.
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Details on arrival Our conservation dive trips are Monday thru Friday — we depart for our island at am on Monday from Placencia, Belize and return to the mainland Placencia on Friday anywhere from 11am-1pm depending on ocean navigability. Weekend Accommodations All volunteers will need to book a hotel or hostel in Placencia upon their arrival and departure on a Saturday or Sunday. Best Price Guarantee. Costs: Prices in USD. Average fees. Why do I have to pay to volunteer abroad?
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