Wed, 7 October 2020
SUFB 1065: Why The Tagging Of A 3,500 Pound Great White Shark Shark Off The Scotian Shelf Is Important To Conservation
As a young kid, I dreamt of working on the Ocean with sharks, or dolphins, or even Sea Turtles. I wanted to work with ocean animals so badly that I would dream about it most nights and daydream in Biology Class (maybe a little too much at times.
Regardless, working for an NGO such as OCEARCH would have fulfilled a dream of mine to work in the field most days breathing in the Ocean air while working with animals. I never knew what I was going to do with those animals mind you. All I knew is that I wanted to work on any Ocean.
OCEARCH is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that works to help researchers understand where large fish, reptiles, and marine mammals go in the Ocean. They have a great website (https://www.ocearch.org/tracker/?details=361) where you can see all of the animals that are currently tagged and where they go.
The organization collaborates with researchers and conservationists by collecting the data that can turn into policy to better manage these populations over the next year(s). Nukumi, was the latest shark tagged and is over 3,500 lbs. Thanks to the work by OCEARCH, we will be able to find out if Nukumi will stay in Nova Scotian waters or venture out to the deeper waters of the Atlantic.
Take a listen to hear my thoughts on the organization, their work, marine conservation, the Census of Marine Life, and why tagging is so important.
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Direct download: SUFB_S1065_3000PondGreatWhiteTaggedOffNovaScotia.mp3
Category:Tagging -- posted at: 12:00am EDT