With as much time that Laura Coleman spends on and in the water, you would never suspect her to be the biggest fan of great white sharks. Last fall, Laura embarked on the journey of a lifetime to South Africa to study great white sharks.
Laura first came to MBAC as a student at SDSU when she took a sailing class. One day she saw a job posting to teach kids at camp about all the things that she loved about the ocean as a Marine Science Counselor. She jumped at the opportunity and has since worked at MBAC as a Marine Science Counselor, a Sailing Instructor, and most recently has been the Lead Marine Science Instructor for The Watersports Camp.
During the second half of her trip, Laura interned at the South African Shark Conservancy, where she caught sharks by hand! While these sharks were never larger than three feet, catching them by hand still brought with it a lot of excitement. Laura was bitten during one of her attempts to wrangle a shark and claims that, “It didn’t really hurt, it just felt like a pinch.” Fortunately the species she was dealing with did not have teeth, but it makes for a great story to share with marine science campers this upcoming summer.
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