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Video and Slide Show: Tagging Great White Sharks off Cape Cod

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September 29, 2009

Video and Slide Show: Tagging Great White Sharks off Cape Cod

By Dave Hurteau

You've probably heard about the great white sharks off Cape Cod that are hunting seals, getting tagged by scientists, and making national news. Well, here are video and photos (as well as some quick background info) from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game about how the scientists are going about the process:

After multiple shark sightings off of the coast of Chatham last week, [Division of Marine Fisheries Senior Biologist Greg] Skomal and other state biologists set out to identify the species of the sharks recently sighted in the waters off Monomoy Island in Chatham. On Saturday, [harpooner Bill] Chaprales placed tags on two sharks. An additional three sharks were tagged today in the waters off Monomoy Island in Chatham. The tags, which use satellite-based technology to record where a shark travels, allow scientists to better understand migratory patterns.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Note to self. No more surfing off Cape Cod.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Slipping off that bowsprit while tagging looks way too easy.

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from chadlove wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I think we should send Joe to try to catch one. Now that'd make a Hook Shots...

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from taylorhayward wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I had the good fortune of spending time with one of the crew members later that day. I guess the biggest problem was keeping the other boaters away from their ship.

Note: they used a GPS logger that will detach at a preset time, buoy to the surface of the water and signal its location. I think he said it would be on there for at least a few months.

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from decee wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Life jackets?

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from MLH wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Slipping off that bowsprit while tagging looks way too easy.

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from decee wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Life jackets?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Note to self. No more surfing off Cape Cod.

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from chadlove wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I think we should send Joe to try to catch one. Now that'd make a Hook Shots...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from taylorhayward wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I had the good fortune of spending time with one of the crew members later that day. I guess the biggest problem was keeping the other boaters away from their ship.

Note: they used a GPS logger that will detach at a preset time, buoy to the surface of the water and signal its location. I think he said it would be on there for at least a few months.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report

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