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The "Sharklab"

 


 

South Bimini is home to the world famous Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS), known locally as the “Sharklab”. Primarily focused on research, the organization simultaneously encourages conservation and protection of Bimini’s crown jewel, its natural ecosystem.

 

You may already have heard of the Sharklab, as their pioneering work has been featured in literally dozens of media outlets including National Geographic, the BBC, CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and many more. They’ve even been on the popular MythBusters Show on the Discovery Channel!

 

The organization's primary goal is the education the public on the vital role of sharks, in particular the Lemon shark, in the tropical marine ecosystem.

 

The islands of Bimini, especially the North Sound and Sharkland, are vital habitat for the Lemon shark species for many reasons; including their small range area for the first three to four years of life, their year-long gestation period and their mating habitats.

 

The group also works with spotted eagle rays, southern stingrays, marine geography, biotope, mapping and other areas of marine science. Of course they are always alert to Nurse, Tiger, Blacktip, Caribbean Reef, Bull, Great Hammerhead, Blacknose and Atlantic sharks, to name a few of the at least 13 species you may encounter in Bimini. The lab maintains a website at: www.miami.edu/sharklab

 

Better yet, next time you’re on South Bimini, just take your golf-cart to the smaller-than-life station. You’ll see the shark sign when you head south on the left hand side of the road just before the last turn to the Bimini Beach Club. You may want to ask around for directions locally as there are few road signs on South Bimini. All in all a worthwhile and fascinating way to spend an afternoon on Bimini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             
 

 

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