Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Saving the great white shark

The great white is in trouble, and scientists need to learn more about the species' habits.  But this is a little hard to explain to a 900-kg shark, so how do you get its participation?  You use the M/V OCEARCH, a research vessel from which one can hook a great white and then guide it onto a hydraulic platform that can bring the whole shark, as gently as possible, out of the water.   This article describes the adventure of a 4-meter shark named Lydia, with a link to track her (the biggest great whites are always females).
Then you can use the Global Shark Tracker to keep tabs on her. 

Great whites: there's a reason they impress us.  (NOAA)

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