Russell Papik

Many of you were lucky to know three-year-old Russell Papik, the energetic, resilient son of Joe Papik and Tori Baker, who loved sharks more than anything. On May 24, 2019, Russell lost his fight to CGD, a rare autoimmune disease, and although we were devastated to say goodbye, we are so proud of what a fighter he was, and want to ensure his legacy lives on. As such, our goal is to raise at least $25,000 for OCEARCH, to allow them to continue scientific research and preservation of sharks. Our hope is to raise enough and have OCEARCH tag and name a shark after Russell with Tori and Joe onboard when the shark is tagged! This will allow them, and the world, to track at any time on their Shark Tracker.
We’re currently halfway to our goal; approximately $12,500 CAD has been raised, with a goal of $25,000. We appreciate any contributions towards this cause, and hope everyone is staying safe during this scary and unknown time in our lives.
OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. Our mission is to accelerate the ocean’s return to balance and abundance through fearless innovations in scientific research, education and outreach. Sharks are the balance keepers of the ocean and an indicator species for ocean health. We are facilitating a collaborative environment unlike anything seen before in the ocean conservation space to learn all we can from sharks in order to ensure a bright future for our oceans.
When you give to OCEARCH, your donated funds are used to run the year-round programs that support our mission to accelerate the ocean’s return to balance and abundance, through fearless innovations in scientific research, education, outreach, and policy, using unique collaborations of individuals and organizations.
The funds we receive go directly to initiatives that support our mission, such as our multi-disciplined research expeditions, OCEARCH Tracker, and STEM Learning program. Our goal is to assure that the donations we receive are used to make a difference in the ocean space.
OCEARCH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, meaning all or a portion of your donation may be tax-deductible. For questions or more information, please email us at
The work of collecting data and sharing it with the world is only made possible by facilitating a collaborative effort unlike anything in the ocean conservation space.  Please consider a donation today to support our ongoing programs.


This world-class collaborative effort is providing the scientific data needed to catalyze a global shift in ocean understanding and protection and needs your help to continue and expand.



We are empowering the next generation with knowledge and learning programs that need continued funding to grow.



Our outreach programs open people’s eyes to the issues our oceans face, and inspire everyone to care more and take meaningful action.

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