Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Video: BBFS Capture & Release Tiger Shark off Bimini, Bahamas

BBFS researchers capture & release tiger shark off Bimini Island
Researchers from the Bimini Biological Field Station capture, mark, measure and release a 3.5m tiger shark off the island of Bimini (Bahamas).

Following the shark being hooked, it was bitten by a second 4m tiger shark during the time researches were pulling up the line.  BBFS staff stitched up the bite wound while doing their assessment and the shark successfully swam away.

The BBFS Sharklab is a world-famous facility operated by shark biologist Dr. Samuel H. Gruber. The Sharklab offers marine biology internships to people interested in shark research and the conservation of the ocean's ecosystems.  Learn more: http://www6.miami.edu/sharklab/atthelab.html

The video was posted on Vimeo by Olivier Dumons and is 32 seconds in length.  You can view a second video from the same day when another tiger shark swam up to check out the researchers in action (video).
Photo is screenshot from video.