Marine CSI

Nat Geo SharkFest 2022: Counting Jaws

Have you been wondering about the number of Great White Sharks off the California coast? If so, you will not want to miss Counting Jaws which highlights the Southern California and Guadalupe Island white shark research of Marine Conservation Science Institute’s Michael Domeier, Nicole Nasby-Lucas and Keith Poe along with our longtime collaborator Dr Oscar Sosa-Nishizaki . We promise you will not be disappointed by this 100% legitimate presentation of real shark science! Available July 12th on Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and all Disney platforms, including Disney+, Hulu, ABC, and ESPN.

2024 MCSI Guadalupe Island Expedition (the 2023 Expedition is now closed)

Experience great white shark cage diving with the pioneer of Guadalupe Island white shark research! This amazing cage diving experience is Nov 2 – 7, 2024. This ship is 132 feet long, has bathrooms with showers in all staterooms, internet via wifi, and a hot tub on the upper deck! The boat has 2 deep cages and 2 surface cages. SCUBA certification is not required for the surface cage but is for the deep cage.

Bring your cameras since this will be an active research trip where every shark will be examined to determine if it is already in our photo-ID database. New sharks will be named and known sharks will be logged, allowing us to make a new population estimate for Guadalupe Island white sharks. Space is limited so book today! For more information contact [email protected]

Expedition White Shark app

MCSI has now updated the Expedition White Shark app and it is available for both Android and Apple! This app shows tracks for all of our tagged sharks and provides real time tracking data for white sharks tagged at both Guadalupe Island and central California, as well as large shortfin mako sharks tagged in southern California.


Joshua’s amazing journey

Joshua, a 15 foot male Guadalupe Island white shark was SPOT tagged in December of 2016. Since then he has made a surprising trek offshore and then up along the coast of northern California and then traveling back down south! You can follow his amazing journey with the app Expedition White Shark! The app is currently available for Apple products.

Gill Rakers’ amazing journey


Guadalupe Island female white shark Gill Rakers was SPOT tagged in December of 2012. Since then she has made an amazing journey up along the coasts of California and Oregon, back offshore and then into the Sea of Cortez during the known pupping season where it is presumed she went to give birth!



New publication reveals the 2-year migration for adult female white sharks in the northeastern Pacific


MCSI has published a new scientific paper that reveals the multi-year migratory patterns of four tagged female white sharks Amy, Kimel, Annika and Tailscratch. These sharks spent about 15 months in the middle of the Pacific ocean before traveling to the coast of Baja Mexico during the known pupping season. Amy and Kimel traveled into the Sea of Cortez while Annika and Tailscratch went to the Pacific coast of Baja. For more information see “Two-year migration of adult female white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) reveals widely separated nursery areas and conservation concerns”

MCSI develops new methods for tagging adult white sharks


Scientists at MCSI have been working to improve methods for SPOT tagging adult great white sharks. New methods developed, tested and implemented by MCSI involve a device to prevent gut hooking, soft fishing gear to prevent skin abrasions and constant forward movement to fully irrigate the gills. Sharks tagged in this manner, including the largest white shark to ever be SPOT tagged, were far more vigorous upon release than our previous method that lifted the sharks from the water. We strive to constantly improve our methods to do what is best for the sharks and the scientific community.

The Marine Conservation Science Institute (MCSI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. MCSI is founded on the belief that focused research can make a difference in how we view and manage our marine resources. We are committed to working towards the goal of sustainable fisheries and a healthy marine environment for future generations to enjoy.