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.
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.
YouTube user cctuna91 captured some video footage of what appears to be a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in Cape Cod Bay. According the video description, the shark was spotted 2-3 miles off of Barnstable, MA.
According to a WCVB.com report, Jeffrey Richardson was fishing for tuna when he encountered the shark, which he estimated to be about 12′ (3.5m) in length. Greg Skomal of Massachusetts’ Division of Marine Fisheries told WCVB that he was “pretty confident” that it was a white shark but wanted to see more photos and video to confirm the species.
Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week”, hosted by Andy Samberg, begins tonight on the Discovery Channel. “Great White Invasion” airs at 9pm, followed by “Jaws Comes Home” at 10pm.
“Great White Invasion” will follow Chris Fallows and a team of scientists who are trying to figure out why white sharks are “suddenly” being seen “in large numbers” among swimmers and surfers along the coasts of South Africa, Australia, and California.
“Jaws Come Home” documents researcher Greg Skomal’s 2010 tracking study of five Atlantic white sharks tagged off of Chatham, Massachusetts. Skomal’s goal is to better understand the sharks migration up and down the eastern coast of the U.S. through tracking data obtained from satellite tags.
DiscoveryNetworks YouTube channel offers up a preview clip of the upcoming show “Jaws Comes Home” which features footage shot around the carcass of whale which several blue sharks (Prionace glauca), as well as an an 18′ female white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), have come to feed on.
Researcher Greg Skomal and cameraman Nick Caloyianis take the opportunity to film/photograph the encounter from a cage, which is being supported by buoys. After taking an interest in the orange buoys supporting the cage (which the narrator dramatically describes as “attacking”), the white shark becomes trapped between the surface and the top of the cage.
While situations involving wild animals will always have a level of unpredictability, hopefully the engineers behind this particular cage design/setup will take this event into consideration with future designs.