Great white shark tagged in Rhode Island for first time as part of research

The non-profit Atlantic Shark Institute has tagged a great white shark off the waters in Rhode Island.

It’s the first time ever, an acoustic tag was deployed in Rhode Island waters. The tag was deployed by a crew off Point Judith .

The recipient was a healthy, juvenile, female white shark that was seven feet long.

The tag will last 10 years and will provide invaluable data on the young shark as observers and researchers follow her travels along the eastern seaboard.

A small number of white sharks have been tagged and even fewer have been juvenile white sharks, making this research critical to their long-term health. This is the institute’s second deployment in its study of young great white sharks.

“This is a watershed moment for the Atlantic Shark Institute, this critical research and our efforts to learn more and more about this iconic species” shared Jon Dodd, Executive Director of the Atlantic Shark Institute. “We’ve known for quite some time that white sharks visit our waters more often than has been previously documented, and this is simply another step in filling in those missing pieces.”

Dodds added that more research is needed.

“We can’t continue to take over 100 million sharks out of the ocean, every year, and not create long-term issues to the health and well-being of our planet.”

The institute is focusing on short fin mako, common thresher, great white, blue and porbeagle sharks. 🦈

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