In Search of Tiger Sharks

The International SeaKeepers Society is in the Bahamas this month for research.

138-foot motoryacht Penny Mae

Penny Mae is being used in the Bahamas this month for tiger shark research.

The International SeaKeepers Society is deploying the 138-foot trideck motoryacht_ Penny Mae_ in the Bahamas this month for research and tagging of tiger sharks.

“Shark tagging provides researchers with information about habitat use by sending signals from the tags to receivers,” the group stated in a press release. “The researchers will be retrieving tags that were discharged in October 2013 for data analysis and will be deploying more receivers to continue monitoring.”

The data being collected by University of Miami scientists helps researchers understand the habitat of female tiger sharks and how tourism at Tiger Beach on Grand Bahama Island may be affecting reproduction.

The work is part of the Bahamas Shark Ecology program and includes a custom platform attached to the stern of_ Penny Mae_ for conducting shark ultrasounds.

Learn more at www.seakeepers.org.