Apryl DeLancey



Hails from: Los Angeles, CA
Currently lives in: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Place: On my surfboard or racing a sailboat
Birthday: April 30
Favorite Things to Do: surf, sail, SCUBA, skateboard, read... a lot (I have a serious book addiction!)

Favorite Shark: Great White

What shark are you most like and why? A bonnethead. They're social and the femaies often "go out to lunch together. They share the good news about good eats to others, which fits me since I'm a very social person

If you could tell people one thing about about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?
An ocean without sharks is far scarier than one with sharks.

How did sharks draw you into their watery world?
More and more negative news stories hyping up the fear about them inspired me to do everything in my power to protect them.

Short Bio: Los Angeles native Apryl’s undergraduate degree is a double major: chemistry and marine science. She received her degree with honors from the University of Tampa and worked with Clearwater Marine Aquarium during her entire undergraduate years. She was an Honors Research Fellow and presented her work to the American Chemical Society. The research in isomer reactions also resulted in a scientific publication. After completing summer research in marine chemistry with NOAA when graduating, she went on to the Medical University of South Carolina and received her MS in Biomedical Science. Apryl did her thesis in the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology and volunteered at the South Carolina Aquarium. Her research in the affects of trichloroethylene on metabolism also resulted in a scientific publication. Upon graduation she came back home to L.A. and worked as a statistician for a political research firm.  After her stint away from the water she returned to marine research and has done projects and volunteer work with Heal the Bay’s Pier Aquarium, Surfrider Foundation, California Science Center, and Los Angeles Maritime Institute.  Apryl is committed to empowering citizen scientists and the next generation and works with Waterfront Education in Redondo Beach and volunteers at the Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach.  Her current research is focused on forecasting global shark populations.  She’s been featured in Discovery’s Shark Week companion magazine and and as a regular shark expert for many news outlets.

Learn More:

Website: elportoshark.com
Twitter: @elportoshark