Members of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program from Miami University tag Kori the tiger shark by pinning her down and attaching the tag to her dorsal fin in the Caribbean Sea, west of the Bahamas.
Picture: JIM ABERNETHY
These scientists are using an unusual technique to track the movements of this tiger shark as it moves through the seas.
Sitting precariously on the back of 13 foot-long female tiger shark, the six-man team work in unison to catch and then fit a shark-friendly satellite tracking system to the dorsal fin of the giant creature before safely releasing it back into the water.
A tiger shark with a satellite tag on its dorsal fin swims in the Caribbean. Shark researcher Dr Neil Hammerschlag and his team are able to carry out this delicate work in just five minutes to ensure safety for his team and the shark. Since May last year they have tagged and tracked a total of 25 tiger sharks and 25 other sharks, including the endangered hammerhead and bull sharks at a cost of $200,000 (122,000). Their research will provide a greater understanding of shark migration, breeding and conservation.