Shark project

Introducing our featured project

May 17, 2022

It is May and many marine-related activities in our coastal communities are ‘waking up’. We too are preparing to resume our featured project investigating the enigmatic, poorly understood and rarely observed Pacific sleeper shark (Somniosus pacificus). This summer, we will once again catch these sharks for the purpose of attaching electronic tags so we can study their movement and habitat use. Of course, we have already caught 45 of these sharks here in Resurrection Bay from 2018 through 2021. We tagged 17 of these animals with electronic tags. This time however, we are moving our effort to the spectacular Prince William Sound, where we know some of our previously tagged animals have shown up. We want to know: how much do they move, and how fast? Do they return to specific locations on a regular basis? We will update our Blog with new activities as they happen this summer, so stand by for more details on our ‘Sharks in the Sound’ project.