5 results for month: 03/2014
More Excitement about Scottish-Tagged Basking Sharks Going South As you can see if you go to http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=839 some more of the basking sharks that have been tagged by Dr Matt Witt and his team have surface way sown south off France, Spain and Portugal. This is presenting a very interesting picture of how these basking sharks that feed in Scottish surface waters in the summer, use European seas in the winter and spring months.
Have a look at this excellent video from Emmett Johnston's group in Ireland. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hrYBSlD-7s
More and more exciting! It's looking more like last years pattern every day. Local schools, some long-distance travelling. See http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=839
Scientists have tagged a great white shark that has nearly crossed the Atlantic from Florida, she is heading this way! They have put several tags on her including a SPOT tag like the ones that we use. We do not have to catch the basking sharks to do this, as they do the great whites. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26467037
Excellent and surprising things happen sometimes. In this case the urgent need to clean up all the plastic rubbish from our beaches has met with another urgent conservation need, to find out more about our endangered basking sharks. On the 15th July 2009 the Manx Basking Shark Watch research team put an archival MK10 PAT tag on a beautiful 7m long female basking shark who was nick-named Ami by her sponsors, Tower Insurance of Douglas. Ami had recently been engaged in a romantic tryst with a male shark we named Romeo. She carried her tag until September, staying very close to where she was tagged. I am delighted to report that a group of ...