Meet some of the locals

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Meet some of the locals

THE 2018 WHITE SHARK RESEARCH SEASON IS IN FULL SWING!

June 14th marked the first day of on-the-water research for the scientists and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.  While no white sharks were spotted by us or our trusty spotter pilot, Wayne Davis of Ocean Aerials, several nearby receivers attached to shark buoys were downloaded.  Each receiver had registered passes by tagged white sharks, including some of our favorites - Turbo, Sandy, and Omar:

TURBO

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This ~11ft male white shark was tagged in August 2017.  He's super feisty and not bashful (as you can tell from the great close-up).  You can check out what other receivers he may pass throughout the season on Sharktivity.  

SANDY

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Sandy is a ~12ft male who was first ID'd in 2014 by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries video footage. He was tagged in August of 2015 with an acoustic tag, then tagged last July with a short-term PSAT (Pop-up Satellite Archival Tag) in collaboration with Dr. James Sulikowski's lab at the University of New England.  Keep track of what other receivers he passes throughout the season on Sharktivity.  

OMAR

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He's an ~11ft male white shark who was first ID'd by MADMF in 2014 and was acoustic tagged in July 2016. In July 2018, he added another piece of hardware, a short-term PSAT (Pop-up Satellite Archival Tag) also with Dr. James Sulikowski's lab at the University of New England.  When Omar's in town, he seems to be the "ubiqui-shark" that the research team runs into multiple days in a row and sometimes multiple times in a day!  Perhaps he's a Dr. Skomal's fan?  Keep track of what other receivers Omar passes by this summer on Sharktivity.  

Learn more about white shark research and public safety tips.  Have a great name for a white shark?  Learn how to sponsor a tagged shark.

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Help us find this shark tag ashore in the Florida Keys!

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Help us find this shark tag ashore in the Florida Keys!

If you are a regular beach walker in the keys just south of Miami, please keep a look out for a shark tag that has washed onto the beach!

The type of tag is called a MiniPSAT (Pop-Up Satellite Archival Tag).  These tags record position, depth, and temperature.  This tag was attached to white shark "Salacia" this past summer and has been collecting data since July 3rd!  These data are archived in the tag which eventually releases itself from the shark, floating to the surface, and (hopefully) drifting to shore.  In this case, the tag has done exactly what it should, now we just need someone to find it!

The last known location of the tag was here (map below).

last known location of the mini-PAT

There is a cash reward for the person lucky enough to find the tag - so beach combers keep an eye out!  Below is a picture of what the MiniPSAT looks like:   

MiniPSAT example

There is contact information written on the tag, but if it's too gunky to read, please contact us on our Facebook page! Thank you for your help and happy tag hunting!

If you would like to support our shark tagging campaigns, please consider making a donationAll donations fund shark conservation, research, and public safely programs.

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