Earthwatch, with financial support of Woodside Energy Ltd is offering professional development opportunities to Western Australian teachers.
Translation - they will fully fund eight teachers from rural and remote regions of Western Australia to participate on the research project Whale Sharks of Ningaloo Reef in May 2009.
The research program is also spearheaded by several commercial shark operators in the region.
Earthwatch engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. The value of taking rural teachers through this program cannot be underestimated. As a force multiplier these teachers will in turn engage classrooms full of young minds to educate and inform about sharks.