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This profile was last updated on 11/1/08  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Educator
    Save Our Seas Shark Centre
  • Educator
    SOSF Shark Centre
  • Our Seas Foundation

Education

  • BA , Education
    University of Cape Town
  • Higher Diploma , Education
    University of Cape Town
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Verona Smith, SOSSC ...
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Verona Smith, SOSSC educator
Verona is the educator at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay and knows a lot about sharks. Here are some of her favourite shark facts:
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"This statistic brings home the fact that sharks are not there as man-eating monsters," Verona said. "The most important issue for people to understand is the importance of sharks in the whole ecosystem. If the shark is removed, it will lead to the extinction of other species."
Finning has become the most serious threat to shark populations worldwide. During the finning process, a shark's dorsal fin is cut off and the animal is thrown back to the sea to drown. "It's like if I took you and cut off your arms and legs and threw you in the water and you drown," Verona said.
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Verona Smith Educator, SOSF Shark Centre
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After graduating with a BA and Higher Diploma in Education at the University of Cape Town, Verona taught in secondary schools for eight years.She then developed a wealth of experience in the financial and tourist industries, before returning to corporate training and adolescent level teaching.
Verona was appointed as the Educator for the SOSSC in January and assisted in the setting up of the centre.She is enthusiastic about the education outreach programmes and is committed to developing the education department in order to reach as many young people as possible, expanding the front line in the struggle to conserve and protect our precious seas.
Verona Smith, SOSSC ...
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Verona Smith, SOSSC educator
Verona is the educator at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay and knows a lot about sharks. Here are some of her favourite shark facts:
...
"This statistic brings home the fact that sharks are not there as man-eating monsters," Verona said. "The most important issue for people to understand is the importance of sharks in the whole ecosystem. If the shark is removed, it will lead to the extinction of other species."
Finning has become the most serious threat to shark populations worldwide. During the finning process, a shark's dorsal fin is cut off and the animal is thrown back to the sea to drown. "It's like if I took you and cut off your arms and legs and threw you in the water and you drown," Verona said.
"The Crittercam has
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"The Crittercam has
great potential to collect information […] and give us a window into their secret world."

Verona Smith, SOSSC educator

Verona is the educator at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay and knows a lot about sharks.
Here are some of her favourite shark facts:

"There are over 400 different types of sharks."

Hammerhead Sharks are named so because of their hammer-shaped heads. The head is designed to detect electric fields from buried prey, just like a person would do with a metal-detector.

The Whale Shark is the largest fish in the world and can grow up to 16 meters. This giant fish feasts on tiny sea animals called zooplankton and small fish which they filter through their gill rakers.

The lantern shark is the smallest shark at 20 centimetres. They glow in the dark and live deep in the ocean where there is no light.

"Sharks are over 400 million years old and actually predate the dinosaurs."

The Megalodon is about 12 million years old. It was a giant shark, about 17 meters long and could open its mouth two meters wide.

"Not all sharks are grey and blue."

The juvenile bullhead shark is a mustard yellow with turquoise stripes. The Puffadder Shyshark, or Happy Eddie, is a sandy brown with reddish-brown stripes and lots of small, dark brown and white spots.

"100 million sharks are killed a year. Last year, one person died from a shark attack."

"This statistic brings home the fact that sharks are not there as man-eating monsters," Verona said.
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