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Expert Panel: Sharks Off Our Shores

In the late winter and early spring each year, thousands of blacktip sharks migrate south along the eastern seaboard of the United States to South Florida. This phenomenon has garnered the attention of Florida beach goers, fishermen, media and scientists.

Sharks Off Our Shores | An in-depth look at the blacktip shark migration

This live event aired on February 17, 2021 when expert shark scientists from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU) shared their efforts to study and better understand blacktip sharks, their annual migration patterns and interactions with predators and prey. We were also joined by an ANGARI Foundation film producer who talked about sharing this scientific research with the public via immersive media formats like 360 film and virtual reality. In addition to learning about our panelists work, the audience had the opportunity to have their questions answered by the experts.

Recorded event presented by ANGARI Foundation & The Palm Beach Post:

Supplemental Educational Content:

Interested in learning more about blacktip sharks, their interactions with predators and prey, their annual migration or the science being done to study them? We’ve curated some additional resources that will allow students and lifelong learners to explore the topic in more detail!

[REFERENCE]  NOAA Fisheries – Atlantic Blacktip Shark Species Directory
[REFERENCE]  FLMNH – Blacktip Shark Species Profile (Carcharhinus limbatus)
[REFERENCE]  IUCN – Red List of Threatened Species: Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus)
[3D MODEL]  DigitalLife3D – Animated Blacktip Shark Model
[360 VIDEO*]  ANGARI Foundation – Generation Ocean: Sharks
[VIDEO SHORT]  Jonathon Bird’s Blue World – Florida Blacktip Sharks!
[WEBINAR]  ANGARI Foundation, UF & FAU Elasmobranch Lab – Ocean Expert Exchange: Shark Migration
[WEBINAR]  UF & FAU Elasmobranch Lab – Nature of Science PD: Seasonal Migrations of Blacktip Sharks in Southeast Florida
[WEBINAR]  FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute – Sharks are Snowbirds Too 
[JOURNAL ARTICLE]  Kajiura, S. M., & Tellman, S. L. (2016). Quantification of Massive Seasonal Aggregations of Blacktip Sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) in Southeast FloridaPLoS One11(3), e0150911.
[JOURNAL ARTICLE]  Postaire, B. D., Bakker, J., Gardiner, J., Wiley, T. R., & Chapman, D. D. (2020). Environmental DNA detection tracks established seasonal occurrence of blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) in a semi-enclosed subtropical bay. Scientific Reports10(1), 1-8.
[JOURNAL ARTICLE]  Porter, M. E., Ruddy, B. T., & Kajiura, S. M. (2020). Volitional Swimming Kinematics of Blacktip Sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, in the Wild. Drones, 4(4), 78.
[JOURNAL ARTICLE] Butcher, P. A., Colefax, A. P., Gorkin III, R. A., Kajiura, S. M., López, N. A., Mourier, J., … & Raoult, V. (2021). The drone revolution of shark science: a review. Drones, 5(1), 8.

* For best 360 video experience, we recommend viewing at the highest quality your device and internet connection will allow. To do this, open video in YouTube > select Settings ⚙️ icon > select Quality > adjust accordingly.

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Dr. Stephen Kajiura
Professor of Biological Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
FAU Elasmobranch Lab

Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Florida International University
Predator Ecology & Conservation Lab

Dr. Marianne Porter
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic Biomechanics Laboratory

Kari Rosenberg
Vice President of Production
ANGARI Foundation


Kimberly Miller
The Palm Beach Post

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