Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Interesting opportunity for shark researchers.

A dead 50' fin whale that washed up on shore at Point Loma in San Diego yesterday, will be towed out to sea by the Marine Conservation Science Institute today. Shark diving, cage diving, swimming with sharks at Isla Guadalupe, with
According to a post on their Facebook page, they will use it to try to attract great white sharks and attempt to tag them. Cage diving,shark diving
This is what they posted. cage diving, swimming with sharks,
If all goes as planned, we will be taking possession of this whale carcass at high tide today. We will tow it offshore and then babysit it while we wait for white sharks to find us. When that happens we hope to tag adult females that are in the area for pupping. This will be the first attempt to tag pupping females in southern California. Popup tags, as opposed to SPOT tags, will be used. We will have a short deployment of 140 days to determine where these pupping females have come from."

This is a unique opportunity to tag some sharks and get valuable information on their pupping grounds. It is also a chance to show that great white sharks are not just fierce predators, but also opportunistic feeders, playing their part in keeping the oceans healthy, by eating these rotting carcases.

We hope that they are successful.and maybe they'll see one of "our" Guadalupe sharks, though we think that they are going farther south to pup.

Martin Graf
Shark Diver
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