Historic Bahamian Shark Abundance Project Update #2

The Historic Project shark team went out to “the bridge” November 21st and 25-28th and camped out at Half Moon Cay for their third exciting expedition.  The data analysis is currently ongoing, but there were several highlights from the trip.  While hauling the gear after a scientific longline set, the shark team witnessed an estimated 2.5 m (8 ft) blue shark free swimming alongside the boat!  It was a first for everyone on board to see a blue shark, and came as quite a surprise as blue sharks typically prefer deeper, cooler waters. On a different set the team witnessed another new species – this time up close and personal as a 1.8 m (6 ft) shortfin mako shark was hooked on the line!  And as if those species weren’t enough, the shark team caught their biggest shark of the three expeditions, a 4.1 m (13.5 ft) long tiger shark!  It was a successful final November expedition, with the data starting to show some interesting trends.  A big thank you goes out to everyone at Half Moon Cay for providing food and a warm shower at the end of the day.

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