Great White Shark Lectures

Dr. Greg Skomal will be presenting 2 lectures this Wednesday, August 4, sponsored by Mass Audubon:

“Tracking Great White Sharks”, Presentation by Dr. Greg Skomal

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

4:30 pm at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable

7:30 pm at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet

In September 2009, more than a dozen white sharks were sighted in close proximity to the gray seal colony on Monomoy Island in Chatham. Great whites have also been sighted this summer off Chatham again. This has sparked international media attention and resulted in the closure of some beaches. Fisheries biologist Dr. Greg Skomal of the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries tagged five of these sharks in 2009 with pop-up satellite archival transmitting (PSAT) tags in order to examine site fidelity, seasonal movements, and habitat use. In this presentation, he will explore the implications of increasing seal populations in this region and present the results of PSAT tagging efforts in the North Atlantic. Dr. Skomal will also be bringing copies of his recent book “The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World” to both talks for purchase and signing.

For more information, contact:

Long Pasture www.massaudubon.org/longpasture

Wellfleet Bay www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay

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