University researchers onboard R/V ANGARI battled wind, waves, and bridges while tagging a wide-range of sharks and collecting valuable data to greatly benefit the shark science community.
About the Expedition:
Researchers from the University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRC) came aboard R/V ANGARI for shark tagging off the coast of Jupiter, FL. The winds and seas were challenging, but the day was incredibly successful. A late start did not hinder the day as six sharks were caught on only ten drum lines. Five great hammerhead sharks were worked up, breaking the research group’s record of the number of hammerheads caught in a single day. A tiger shark was also tagged with a satellite tag and can be tracked here.
This trip was sponsored by a private donor.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. He also serves as Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami. His current research projects include investigating interactions between sharks and their prey, identifying shark critical habitats, examining the effects of urbanization on shark movement and health, evaluating effects of ecotourism and fishing capture stress on shark behavior and physiology, examining the ecosystem impacts of overfishing and also evaluating how sharks may respond to climate change stressors.