Tagged Cape Cod

Shark Week 2013 – ‘Return of Jaws’ shark cam preview

Discovery Channel has released a preview of the upcoming “Return of Jaws” program from Shark Week 2013. “Return of Jaws” focuses on Atlantic great white sharks off the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

In the video ‘Shark Cam’ (a underwater robot equipped with multiple cameras) is deployed to follow a tagged great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). According to the clip, this marks the first time a white shark has been tracked and filmed by an underwater robot.

“Return of Jaws” premieres Monday, August 5 at 10pm (9pm C) on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

Tagged great white shark reports in from South Carolina coast

Tracking data from SPOT tags report the whereabouts of tagged white sharks.

An OCEARCH tagged white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) reported in off the coast of South Carolina, east of Charleston last week. The shark, nicknamed “Mary Lee,” is an adult female measuring 16′ (5m) in length. She was originally tagged by the OCEARCH team in September off of Cape Cod. The SPOT (Smart Position and Temperature) tags report data when a tagged shark surfaces. According to tracking data, Mary Lee has been spending her time in coastal waters off of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina coast over the past month.

You can follow OCEARCH’s tagged sharks at their Global Shark Tracker page.

Video of North Atlantic great white shark SPOT tagging

Boston’s WDHD.com has posted a video of last week’s SPOT tagging of a female great white shark in Cape Cod waters. The white shark, nicknamed “Genie” after Dr. Eugenie Clark, was out of the water for 16 minutes during the tagging process. “Genie” was measured at 14′ 8′ in length and weighed in at 2,292 lbs, according to OCEARCH’s profile of the tagged shark.

The SPOT tag will report data each time the shark surfaces. You can follow “Genie” (along with other white sharks tagged in South African waters) online at OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker page.

First North Atlantic great white shark successfully SPOT tagged

SPOT tag on a great white shark
A SPOT tag attached to the dorsal fin of a great white shark.
(photo taken at Isla de Guadalupe)

According to a report from OCEARCH.org, a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been fitted with a SPOT tag for the first time in history in North Atlantic waters. The OCEARCH team, working with Dr. Greg Skomal (Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries) and Dr. Nick Whitney (Mote Marine Laboratory), successfully tagged a 15-foot (4.5m) female white shark in the waters of Cape Cod. The OCEARCH team is headed up by Chris Fischer who has been featured in the past on National Geographic’s “Shark Men” and “Expedition Great White.”
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Video: great white shark feeds on grey seal off Monomoy Island

YouTube user GreenFinsTuna filmed this footage of a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding on a grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) on August 22, 2012. The feeding event took place off of the southern tip of Monomoy Island (Chatham, MA), according to the video description. The videographer describes the shark as being “easily 15-feet long” and had been tagged with a satellite tracking tag.