After pulling the great white to a bigger boat — a few of the brave men stand right next to it as a platform is lifted — taking the shark out of the ocean for the first time in its life. That also means they get dangerously close to the shark’s razor-sharp teeth.
Two more great white sharks have been tagged off Chatham Harbor, prompting the closure of Lighthouse Beach and several other beaches along the coast, the Chatham harbormaster said Thursday.
Personnel from the Division of Marine Fisheries used their harpoon tagging technique to tag the sharks from their fishing vessel on Thursday. They tagged one 18-foot-shark in the morning and a 16-foot shark in the afternoon, said Greg Skomal, the state’s shark expert.
The male shark, almost 5 feet long, was tagged by someone from the Southern California Marine Institute so researchers could track its patterns and find out more about how the sharks live, said Ken Peterson, a spokesman for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Researchers also drew blood from the shark to determine more about its genetic diversity.
A fisherman was left terrified after a seven-foot-long porbeagle shark hauled on to the deck of his vessel clamped its jaws around his steel toe-capped boot.
Hamish Currie, 53, managed to free himself from the jaws of the shark with the help of one of his crewmembers, but was left shaken by the experience.
The “unique habit” of whale sharks that converge to feed from fishing nets in Indonesia has allowed them to be tagged with low-cost technology usually used on pets, conservationists said Tuesday.Experts in June injected tiny pill-sized radio transmitters beneath the skin of 30 whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay in the eastern province of Papua, conservation group WWFsaid.And it was only made possible because the giant animals, which measure up to 45 feet but are harmless to humans, were gathered to feed on fish caught in fishermen’s nets, WWF Indonesia project leader Beny Ahadian Noor told AFP.