Shark Chronicles 024 – The ups and downs of research
Posted by Tricia Coyne on August 25, 2008
This week, the SAMPLA team’s objective was to tag a shark and track it for 48 hours.
As Scarface moved swiftly along the coast, Lamnidae, our second research vessel, approached carrying the next shift of trackers. We continued to follow the shark, and delaying the shift switch in order to get another data point. The transmitter signal continued to get weaker and even the heroics of Adam (an intern) could not prevent the inevitable. During the shift change, we lost the signal of Scarface’s transmitter, and best efforts by the new tracking team were confounded – Scarface’s ping was no longer audible.
While the loss was unfortunate, time had not been wasted. We had gathered several hours of data on Scarface’s movements. In addition, we completed more chumming trips than expected for the week (one of which involved a predation) as well as fitting in an extra 24-hour seal survey. Trouble’s with Scarface has been a valuable experience and we look forward to our next tracking episode.