Palau: Shark Research Pictures

The shark tagging program, executed by the Micronesian Shark Foundation, includes tagging of sharks with acoustic and satellite tags, deploying acoustic loggers around Palau’s reefs, collecting measurements and DNA samples from tagged sharks. In coordination with the Attorney General’s office of the Republic of Palau, further information is obtained through DNA samples from confiscated shark fins.

The photos below demonstrate the tagging process which begins with fishing for bait fish.

The shark is then brought on board the vessel, which can be a challenge; and a 6 cm incision is made in the shark’s belly to insert the tag; DNA samples; gathering measurements and other pertinent data; and then releasing the shark back into the ocean unharmed.

 

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