Shark Tagging with Citizen Scientists

Looking over our research equipment

by Melissa Soto, RJD Intern It was a beautiful Saturday Miami morning and adrenaline was in the air. Just 24 hours before, seven sharks were tagged and I felt it was going to be an exhilarating day. That morning, the RJD team loaded the boat as they always do and the guests for the trip boarded the ship. The ocean was multiple shades of blue and looked incredibly refreshing and inviting. As we made our way out to deploy the buoys, people were enjoying the ocean all around. The 10 buoys we deployed and the anticipation to tag a shark … Continue reading

Shark Tagging with Duke Alumni 6-20

A Male Great Hammerhead Shark swims off in excellent condition.

by Laurel Zaima, RJD Intern It was a beautiful Saturday to be on the water! As I drove over the Key Biscayne causeway, you could see the sun shining over the city. I knew it was going to be a great day to go shark tagging. After we loaded the boat with our equipment and the guests were all settled in, we were on our way! Duke Alumni were joining the RJD team for the shark tagging expedition, and they were all excited to become citizen scientists by helping us collect data for our shark research. Some of our guests … Continue reading

Shark tagging with Grand Classroom Ohio

A hammerhead shark swims off after workup

by Alison Enchelmaier, RJD student On Thursday morning I drove to Crandon Marina, wide awake thanks to the full travel mug of coffee in the cup holder. No matter how many times I’ve been on the boat I’m excited, as every trip is a new and thrilling experience. That morning the whole team seemed to be full of energy as we loaded our gear on to the boat, excited for the trip ahead. At 9 am we were joined by our guests, a group of Grand Classroom students from Ohio. As we headed out to our tagging location we talked … Continue reading

Shark Tagging with Aventura City of Excellence School

This upside-down view of a Nurse shark's mouth reveals adaptations for hunting crustaceans, a preferred prey group. The barbels near the nostrils are sensory organs and the small but powerful mouth is filled with tiny teeth, all designed to pulverize the hard shells of crabs and lobsters.

by Emily Rose Nelson, RJD student After collecting gear from RSMAS I met up with the rest of the team at the dock of divers paradise. We had a great crew on board and everyone was excited to get out there. Our guests for the day, students from the Aventura City of Excellence School, made their way on board and immediately I could feel their excitement. There definitely was something in the air telling me it was going to be a great day on the water. We were fishing at a sight our team has nicknamed “Sandbar Palace.” It is … Continue reading

Shark Tagging with Lauderdale Lakes

A successful day of shark tagging

by Hanover Matz, RJD intern May 13th, 2015. The sea was angry that day, my friends. Well, not quite angry-but the swells were a bit more than we usually bargain for. However, that did not stop the RJD team and the students from Lauderdale Lakes from having a fantastic day of shark tagging. We met at Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures for an exciting day out on the M/V Shear Water. As we loaded the gear onto the boat, we added extensions to our drumlines for deep water fishing offshore, hoping to catch a variety of shark species. The RJD team … Continue reading

Shark tagging with Empowered Youth

RJD intern Hanover draws blood from a shark’s caudal vein

by Alison Enchelmeier, RJD student On Saturday morning I headed over to Crandon Marina. As I drove down the causeway, the weather promised a great day with not a cloud in the sky. Our guests for the day were a brand new group, Empowered Youth, and several family members of graduating interns. With our gear loaded onto the boat and everyone excited for tagging we headed out to the Belzona wreck. On the trip out, Jake explained what we would be doing and how our guests would be helping us with our research. We set our lines east of the … Continue reading