Updated:OCEARCH-tagged Tiger Shark Lexi Dead?

Is OCEARCH-tagged tiger shark Lexi dead?  Her tag was recently found in the back of a truck in Frisco, North Carolina, where it had been kept for several weeks. Tiger shark Lexi was tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH who partnered with North Carolina Aquariums to search off the coast of Wrightsville Beach. The groups had joined forces to tag sand tiger sharks and collect information on their migration habits and patterns. Before the expedition kicked off, a special presentation was given at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Lumina Theater….

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Tagged Tiger Shark Maroochy is Dead

In May 2016, Maroochy the tiger shark was captured and killed on a baited drumline. Maroochy was a female tiger shark tagged by the nonprofit OCEARCH. The group placed a satellite tag on the shark’s dorsal fin in February 2015 off the coast of Australia.  She was tagged near Fraser Islands, and each time her fin broke the surface of the water, her position would be plotted on the OCEARCH tracking app and website. On May 24, OCEARCH confirmed Maroochy had been killed on a drum line in Bundaberg. Maroochy’s…

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Want to help OCEARCH with Great White Shark research?

Do you want to help OCEARCH with Great White Shark research?  Now you can OCEARCH is a nonprofit organization with a passion for sharing open sourced data with the public.  The group is famous for tagging great white sharks, including the Twitter stars Shark Chessie, Mary Lee and  Katharine. The group uses a custom ship, the M/V OCEARCH, which features a shark lift. As the name implies, the lift actually picks the shark out of the water. While the shark is on the lift, a team of scientists goes to…

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OCEARCH Hosts Live Q&A On Facebook

Shark tracking group OCEARCH hosts a live Q&A on Facebook. Have you ever wondered where sharks go when its cold, how deep do they dive or how many shark babies (pups) does a pregnant great white shark carry? Tonight you will have a chance to pose your shark questions directly to researchers working with OCEARCH, on an expedition to catch and tag great white sharks. The science team is currently on board the research vessel MV OCEARCH, which is off the coast of Jacksonville Florida searching for great white sharks…

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OCEARCH #Expedition JAX begins in Florida

The Shark tagging group OCEARCH began its 24th expedition today in Jacksonville, Florida. OCEARCH #Expedition JAX runs March 15-April 2, 2016, and they are looking to tag great white sharks. Three years ago the group was able to tag a 14-foot great white shark off the coast of Jacksonville. The 2,000 pound female was named Lydia. Since that time she has traveled over 35,000 miles; Lydia even has her own twitter feed. To Catch a Shark Catching a shark is no easy task. The group begins by chumming the waters…

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Watch Kids Practice Tagging Sharks

OCEARCH and the Gills Club will be hosting a mock tagging where kids will practice tagging sharks and you can watch it live on Twitter. The event, which will be live streamed using periscope, starts today at 3pm EST on Twitter at https://twitter.com/periscopetv The Gills Club harnesses girls’ passion for sharks, nature and the environment by giving them the opportunity to engage in projects focused on making a significant impact on the way sharks are perceived by the public. Membership in the Gills club is free and open to girls…

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Sterling Silver Shark Fins

Sterling silver shark fins may just be the perfect last minute gift for your favorite shark lover, a gift to give yourself or your favorite trackingsharks.com writer. Designer Brooke Kanani makes each unique OCEARCH inspired shark fin by hand. She told me a little about the process: “Everything I make, I make by hand from start to finish using the lost wax method of casting. I carve the original or model out of wax using dremel tools and files. After this is complete, a plaster cast is made around the…

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Last Stop for Lampiao the Tiger Shark

Tiger shark Lampiao was tagged on July 30, 2014 off the coast of Brazil at Fernando de Noronha.  The male weighed in at 273 pounds when he was examined by the OCEARCH team during Expedition Brazil.  The last stop for Lampiao the tiger shark was around November 20, 2015, when his transmitter began pinging at a fishing dock in Africa.  Unfortunately it appears he was caught/killed. This is not the first time a tagged shark has been caught/killed.  Last year Rizzilient the mako shark was caught and possibly finned off…

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