Monday, June 01, 2009

Tiger Beach - cool Research!


More pro-Shark features in the Florida press!
This time, it's a great article about Guy Harvey's research on Tiger Sharks in the Bahamas.

Yes, that would be "That" Guy, he of the T-shirts!
His bio mentions that Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea! And a real nice chap on top of that!

But much more than that, he is also the founder of the Guy Harvey Research Institute that is fiercely committed to the preservation of Fish and particularly, the big game Fish and Sharks. In fact, GHRI conduct some of today's most innovative Shark research and our Juerg often collaborates with them when doing his thing on Shark Reef.

And on top of that, he has done this!

Is this Guy cool - or what?

This time, Guy and his folks have gone to Tiger Beach to tag some Tigers.
It's a cool undertaking which aims at understanding the movements of those animals in the area - much like what we do in Fiji with our small-scale movement research. Whereas we feed the acoustic transmitters and sometimes attach them externally by using a spear gun, they rope in the Sharks and attach the tags internally. Not sure if I like that in terms of the stress they inflict on the animals - but it's fast, really quite harmless and they must have their reasons for believing that it's the best way to go.

And, it's for the best of causes.
Because as I read with great joy, it involves the Bahamian Government and has the aim to eventually have the area declared a Shark sanctuary!

Where did I hear that one before?
Great that things have been set in motion!

PS hat tip to Felix!

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