Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mote Researchers Tag Four Sharks

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Mote Researchers Tag Four Sharks

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MOTE MARINE LABORATORY

Scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory and OCEARCH recently tagged four sharks, including two great whites, near South Carolina and Georgia in a three-week expedition.

Tagging sharks helps researchers learn more about how sharks in the north Atlantic Ocean travel, operate and think. Researchers tagged a mature male and immature female great white shark, as well as a mature and immature male tiger shark. The male great white shark, which the scientists named Hilton after Hilton Head Island, was found ready to fertilize a female's eggs, according to scientists involved in the project. It is generally considered rare for sharks to mate in the winter.

"This is what makes this work so important, the discovery of new knowledge and disproving some old ideas about the life cycle of these sharks," said Mote's director of the Center for Shark Research, Robert Hueter, in a press release. …

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