OCEARCH Tags Great White off Cape Cod

Written by on September 19, 2012 in Marine Life

Scientists and crew members aboard the M/V OCEARCH recently caught a 15 foot, 2,292 pound Great White shark off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts.

Before releasing her, they measured and weighed her, attached a satellite tag to her dorsal fin and collected blood and tissue samples.  They also named her Genie, after the founder of Mote Marine Laboratories, Eugenie Clark.

OCEARCH is a non-profit organization that supports researchers and institutions who aim to gather new data on the biology, health and life history of sharks.  The data collected through OCEARCH will support shark conservation and management strategies.

All research is conducted aboard the 126 foot M/V OCEARCH, a unique vessel that acts as an at-sea lab.  All sharks are tagged and have a tissue sample taken before being released.

“We have massive knowledge gaps about how to protect their future,” said Chris Fischer, OCEARCH’s expedition leader.

The vessel, which can frequently be found off the coast of South Africa, is around Cape Cod to study the sharks’ migration patterns in order to better protect breeding sites and raise public awareness.

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Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias).

Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). Photo credit:pterantula via photopin cc.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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  1. Austin says:

    I can’t wait to be helping out with this one day!

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