George is bitten by shark bug

While most pupils where putting their feet up over the summer one young man spent his holiday volunteering at
an exotic shark lab.

Stamford Endowed Schools Year 13 pupil George Gutteridge-Smith spent a month of his summer volunteering at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Caribbean.

The BBFS is a world-famous shark lab in the Bahamas where observation and field research is carried out on different shark species.

George has always been interested in the sciences, and is currently studying for A-levels in biology, chemistry and business Studies.

Working at the shark lab has enabled George to completely immerse himself in cutting edge biological research.

Every day on Bimini Island is completely different depending on the scientific project they are working on.

George has taken part in much of the hands-on research, spending time in the shark pens studying juvenile lemon sharks, which meant observing the sharks’ behaviour and eating habits.

He was also involved in shark handling and transport, tagging the sharks, gillnetting, long-lining and rod and reel fishing.

George said: “It was exhilarating to work with sharks ranging from timid juvenile lemon sharks to large bull sharks, which are among the most aggressive of the species.

“I greatly enjoyed my time on Bimini and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to be so close to such amazing creatures.

“I hope to return again next summer.”

Station Manager Jill Brooks said: “George was an outstanding volunteer.  It really did not matter what task we asked him to do, large or small, strenuous or fun, he always managed to do it with a smile on his face and to the best of his ability.

“Research can be challenging at our remote field station with intense sun and biting insects however I did not hear George complain once.”