Friday, January 22, 2010

Tagged Great White shark traveled from Massachusetts to Florida

Massachusetts marine biologists say one of the great white sharks tagged with electronic tracking equipment last summer off Cape Cod has traveled as far as north Florida.

The great white was one of five sharks tagged by harpoon in September near Chatham by Division of Marine Fisheries biologists. Officials said it was the first successful tagging of great whites in the Atlantic using electronic satellite technology.

Officials said Wednesday that the tag popped off the shark on Friday and began transmitting data by satellite.

Scientists expect tags on the other sharks to surface and begin sending data later this winter and in the spring.

The tags collect water temperatures and depth and light levels, which help determine where the great white has traveled. The information can help scientists better understand shark's migratory behavior.


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