Tiger Sharks

Posted on May 30, 2010 in Articles | Comments Off on Tiger Sharks

MCSI has initiated a tiger shark research project in collaboration with the Guy Harvey Research Institute.  Tiger sharks have become an important tourist draw in the Bahamas, but very little is known about the life history of tiger sharks in the Bahamas.  Furthermore, tiger sharks are not currently protected by law in the Bahamas.  During a recent field trip methods were developed for the capture and surgical implantation of acoustic tags into tiger sharks.  The first tiger shark was tagged and released, and data is now pouring in over a network of acoustic receivers.  Future trips are being planned to increase the number of tagged sharks.  It is our hope that increasing our understanding and appreciation of these magnificent sharks will lead to better protection for the species.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

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