SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program

SOFO Shark Research and Education Program Update

The SOFO Shark Research Field team and its shark collaborators have been in the field since mid-May.  Although no white sharks have yet been tagged, one large coastal shark was last week by shark collaborators, Walter Zublionis and Jeff Metzger.  The species caught and released was a small blue shark (Prionace glauca).  A variety of marine life has been observed in the ocean during the field season to date, including large schools of Atlantic Menhaden, Bluefin Tuna, Striped Bass and Bluefish. Pods of Humpback Whales, Finback Whales and Minke Whales have been seen foraging offshore.  Stay tuned…July and August are the most active months for white shark activity

SOFO Shark Research and Education Program 2020

The SOFO Shark Research and Education Field Team and its Shark Collaborators are ready to begin SOFO’s third year as a leader in this important scientific research initiative. We have tagged 30 young-of-the-year (YOY) white sharks to date, and we are looking forward to adding to that data throughout the 2020 summer season. The groundbreaking data we receive from these juvenile sharks is critical for conservation and sustaining their populations. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the research team has fourteen pop-up satellite archival tags (PSAT) and two customized automatic tracking solution tags (CATS) ready for deployment. The juvenile sharks are back along the South Shore and our field team is heading offshore this week to continue the research.

 

 


Montauk Expedition 2019

For a look at some of the videos shot during our 2019 Montauk Expedition, check out our youtube channel.

 

The SOFO Shark Research and Education Program’s mission is to enhance stewardship of Long Island’s shark community through scientific research, data sharing with marine resource managers, and educating the public about their important ecological roles. 

There are a variety of shark species found in New York’s productive coastal waters.  Sharks play very important roles in our ocean ecosystem, but face a variety of threats from human activities.  SoFo is supporting research and education efforts to help conserve the sharks found in our backyard, with a focus on our unique local population of young White Sharks.

New Shark Exhibit!

Learn about the ecology and conservation of Long Island’s local shark species!  SoFo’s one-of-a-kind exhibit brings visitors virtually face-to-face with these important marine predators.  Incorporating scientific data directly from our team of collaborating scientists, the interactive exhibit includes a Virtual Shark Tagging Experience, satellite tracking maps, photos from the field, and all kinds of biological factoids about our local sharks.

Research

Our collaborating research team has been studying sharks off Long Island since 2015, and were the first to satellite tag baby White Sharks in the Atlantic Ocean!  Our local waters include the only known nursery area for White Sharks in the Atlantic, and this area is the focus of our scientific efforts.  We use cutting-edge technologies to better understand and conserve the sharks found off Long Island, and collect data for scientists up and down the coast.

Education

In addition to our new shark exhibit, SoFo will be hosting a variety of shark-themed educational programs, public lectures, and school outreach.  Check here for a list of upcoming programs:  https://sofo.org/calendar/

 

Additional Information:

Press Release Announcement:

 The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Announces SoFo’s Shark Research and Education Program

Exploring a Great White Shark Nursery in the Shadow of New York City:

https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2018/07/24/exploring-a-great-white-shark-nursery-in-the-shadow-of-new-york-city

New tagging tech for great white shark tracking in New York waters:

https://news.mongabay.com/wildtech/2018/07/new-tagging-tech-for-great-white-shark-tracking-in-new-york-waters/

WNYC Interview – A White Shark Nursery in the Waters Off New York City May Provide Clues to Oceanic Health:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/white-shark-nursery-waters-new-york-city-may-provide-clues-oceanic-health

Research article – First insights into the movements of young-of-the-year white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the western North Atlantic Ocean:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-29180-5

NPR Radio with Greg Metzger – How Marine Life is Changing”

https://www.wshu.org/post/how-marine-life-changing#stream/0

Tagging Juvenile Great White Sharks with OCEARCH:

https://www.onthewater.com/tagging-juvenile-white-sharks-ocearch

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Coastal Sharks webpage:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/110764.html

 

 

For more information, please call Frank Quevedo at 631-537-9735 or email sharks@sofo.org.

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