What do you think about shark tagging?
Reminder: sharks are injured WAY more badly than anything from a tag due to natural occurrences (example: mating).
If scientists stopped studying the behavior and movement of threatened species, the threats facing them won’t suddenly disappear. The work being done is absolutely vital, and I am confident that the researchers placing satellite tags don't want this sort of thing to happen and actively look for ways to improve their methods.
Neil Hammerschlag wrote a great article about this on National Geographic.
Tracking them allows us to justify creating/keeping/monitoring reserves and regulations and protection acts. How can we lobby for the protection of their breeding, congregation, nurseries, etc. if we don’t know where those are? News flash: We still do not know a LOT of habitats used by sharks.
Lessons will be learnt and improvements made. We can criticize the technique without vilifying the researchers involved. Thanks.
Do you have a favorite piece of shark art?
We love your shark reading books! What are some books you recommend for those who want to learn more about sharks?
- Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Second Edition (CRC Marine Biology Series)
- SHARKS IN QUESTION (Smithsonian Answer Books)
Two really good books that I love dearly (among others).
Are sharks measured with a ruler?
Do you ever get really hateful questions?
Ask Finley & the gang!