May 30, 2019
Sharks on the East Coast!
Sink Your Teeth Into This!
Shark sightings are increasing off the East Coast this year. Researchers say these sightings have been increasing over the past few years due to warmer waters and increasing seal population. How do we know these sharks are so close to the coast? The Ocean life Research Group, Ocearch, tag the sharks that they catch and put a satellite tag on their dorsal fin. This does not cause any harm to the sharks since they do not have any nerves in their fins. After the researchers tag the animals, they release them back into the wild and study their behavior.
Why track sharks?
There are many reasons why experts tag these massive beasts. Tagging has provided researched invaluable information for decades on the animals migration patterns, life histories, movement patterns, connections between other sea animals, and habitat use. This kind of technology is vital to the research and conservation of animals and ecosystems all over the world.
If you are interested in tracking the tagged sharks plus more animals like whales and sea lions, you can do so on the Ocearch website here.
The increase in shark sightings on the coast is alarming to not only researchers but to coastal cities as well. With water temperatures rising and an increase in coastal population it could spike the amount of shark attacks we have this year. If you are swimming in the ocean this summer make sure you stay close to shore, swim with a group, avoid shiny jewelry, and avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk.
Most Recent Shark PINGS On the East Coast
There have been many sharks that have pinged on in the Northeast, but the one everyone is talking about is ‘Cabot,’ a male white shark that is 9 feet 8 inches long and weighs 533 pounds on the coast of Rhode Island. Observing the Ocearch tracking measures, Cabot has traveled north more than 4,000 miles in just over three months.
Heading more south, ‘Brunswick’ the white shark was pinged around the Outer Banks in NC last week. The latest ping researchers received was Tuesday off the coast of Virginia Beach. Brunswick is 8 feet 9 inches long and weighs 431 pounds and is moving her way quickly up the coast!
On the coast of Daytona Beach, Florida, two have pinged in the last few days. ‘Miss May,’ a female white shark that is 10 feet and 2 inches long and ‘Lando,’ a male tiger shark that is 10 feet long and weighs 464.5 pounds!
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