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Mako shark tracks off Savannah

Submitted by Mary Landers on Thu, 2015-02-05 13:09 | 22 Views

With the 24/7 owl cam and frequent pings from satellite-tagged great white sharks, it's like a live film fest of wild animals lately in Savannah. Here's another I just learned about: Mako sharks.

A mako called SOSF2 is toodling around off Savannah. Its latest pings are shown in the map above. A reader alerted me to his presence, saying, "The shark has been tracked over 250 days and has traveled nearly 4,000 miles. You can see the track and the location of the shark off Savannah a selecting Mako Sharks 3. W North Atlantic and clicking on the shark SOSF2 on the list of tracks on the far right of the web page."

I asked for more info from the web site and got this response from Dr. Mahmood Shivji, Professor, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and Director, Guy Harvey Research Institute:

"Our overall focus is marine conservation biology, and we use integrative approaches (genetics and field work) to obtain a holistic view of how species function. One specific research area for us is understanding the movement ecology of sharks and billfishes, which is accomplished by tracking the large scale movements of these species and examining the relationships of these movements to environmental variables. Our tracking web site home page has the species we are working on in different places in the world.

One species we are intensively working at present is the shortfin mako shark. SOSF2 stands for Save Our Seas Foundation they funded the tag. We typically name the sharks after people/businesses/other entities that donate funds for tags. SOSF2 (male shark) was tagged off Ocean City, MD, 258 days ago (on May 20, 2014), and it has travelled a minimum of 3,875 miles in that time.

You can get more information on each animal by clicking the question mark next to its name on the web site.

We use the same type of tag (SPOT tag) that Ocearch uses on white sharks, except our tags are not as large as the ones deployed on white sharks (they have much bigger fins).

Our multi-species work is conducted under the auspices of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University (FL)."

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