It appears that this next year will be full of new experiences for my son; and myself. My son, Eric, will be starting his senior year of high school next week and he will be taking a biology independent study course. These courses usually involve the student presenting a project that they will work on throughout the year, conduct research and experiments, submit reports and whatnot. He's considered breeding clownfish or cardinalfish in the past but wasn't all too thrilled about doing that. During our last visit to Rhinelander, he noticed a tank full of banded bamboo shark eggs. He asked if we could set up a tank at home to hatch a shark. I mentioned that he could do that as his biology project; not thinking it was even a possibility. #parenting This week, he approached his instructor and she was actually on board with that idea. The school has an established aquatic lab consisting of three freshwater systems, but one of them is currently empty and could be converted to saltwater. The instructor told Eric that he needed to search out resources and additional support; that'd be me. Eric has already reached out to Kevin with LiveAquaria about sourcing equipment and livestock; and he's on board. I have reached out to a few people that I know (our own Riley, for one) asking for input and recommendations. Eric and I will be meeting with his instructor and the school to discuss his project tomorrow. Based on the amount of outside support we can garner, the school is willing to ask for grants to establish a saltwater program at the school. My son wants to be the student to bring attention to the ocean and its inhabitants to his school; and to have the program continue beyond his involvement. Why didn't we have opportunities like this when we were in school? We had to carry an egg around for a week and pretend it was a baby! Eric plans to study the marine sciences when he attends college next year. He has a definite interest in sharks and wants to pursue a career in studying them, so a project like this (while still in high school) will be a great step towards his future goals. And I'm excited to be along for the ride! Wish us luck!