The Shark Research Institute's 5th Annual Shark Celebrity Auction; Fin-Tastic Finale to Shark Week & SharkFest

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How about lunch or dinner with one of the world's top shark experts?

This a chance to hear the amazing adventures straight from the people who lived them, those folks seen on Discovery Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, BBC and in documentary films on sharks. It is the largest Shark Celebrity Auction ever.

TV hosts, scientists, authors, underwater photographers, filmmakers and conservationists are on the auction block at Bidding for Good during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week & SharkFest.

Being auctioned are lunches or dinners with some of the world’s top shark celebrities – an opportunity to meet one-on-one, face to face and get to know them.

The aim of the Auction is two-fold:

  •     Spotlight individuals and organizations working effectively to protect sharks
  •     Raise funds for field research and shark conservation programs

How it works: Bid on a shark expert or celebrity that lives or works nearby, unless you are willing to drive or fly to their location. The winning bidder pays for the celebrity's meal and may bring guests. Shark Research Institute will introduce each winning bidder to his or her shark celebrity. The two then set a mutually convenient date, time and place to get together within 365 days of the close of the auction.

Traci Benson, shark behaviorist Cristina Zonato’s winning bidder in the 2012 Shark Celebrity Auction, said, "I count dinner with Cristina as one of the most memorable experiences of my life. She overflows with knowledge of sharks, shark behavior, and cave exploration, and conversation with her is very easy. Such an evening should be on everyone's 'shark bucket list!'"

The auction starts August 9, 2013 and runs for 10 days. The auction catalog is on the Shark Research Institute's home page at and there is a link directly into the auction.

Shark Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Winning bids are deductible as charitable contributions from US Federal 2013 income taxes.

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