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:
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 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.
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.