Tagging the Oceanic Whitetip Shark

February 08, 2019

Last week, NOAA Fisheries scientists joined scientists from Florida International University, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and University of North Florida on an expedition in the Bahamas to further understand the reproductive biology of the oceanic whitetip shark, a species recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Photo credit: Andy Mann & Trevor Bacon

Scientists used non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound to determine pregnancy and blood chemistry to quantify reproductive condition.

Oceanic whitetip shark
Photo credit: Andy Mann & Trevor Bacon

 

The team also attached satellite archival tags to silky sharks in an ICCAT funded project to further understand movements and habitat use. There is little known about silky sharks' habitat use and movement patterns.

oceanic whitetip shark

Photo credit: Andy Mann & Trevor Bacon

The expedition was funded by a grant from the Moore Charitable Foundation and NOAA's Office of Protected Resources.

 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on February 11, 2019