Shark Tagging for Shark Conservation

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An Atlantic Sharp Nose Shark is released in strong condition

Shark tagging allows scientists to spy into the secret underwater lives of sharks. Satellite tags track sharks’ movements in the subtropical Atlantic Ocean, and help scientists understand migratory routes, residency patterns, “hot spots” of mating, giving birth and feeding, and also locations where sharks are vulnerable to destructive fishing. Students in the Museum’s IMPACT program had the opportunity to go on three 3 different shark  tagging expeditions with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program of the University of Miami, sponsored by a grant from the Center for Latin American Studies at UM. By participating in these expeditions, students helped scientists be able to supply policy makers with the information they need to implement strategies for shark conservation. Students got up close and personal with four shark species, the Atlantic Sharp Nose Shark, Nurse Shark, Black Tip Shark and Bull Shark, and were guided by scientists to measure and tag sharks for their research study. Despite being picked up at 5:30am, getting on a boat at Islamorada at 8:30am, and returning to the Museum at 6:30pm, students were more exhilarated than exhausted by unique experiences they will never forget.

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Students help scientists examine the shark before tagging it and re-releasing it

 

 

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