The BBFS Annual Lemon Shark Census
JUNE 1st - 23rd 2009
It's time to tag some juvenile lemon sharks!
It's that time of year again. Mother lemon sharks have found their way back to the Bimini lagoon
in the last two months, and the shallow waters
and maze of mangrove channels are teeming with newborn lemon sharks. The Bimini Biological Field Station - Sharklab - has assembled a team for this special time of year. The Sharklab is all geared up for its annual juvenile lemon shark census - colloquially known as the PIT project (after the electronic tags implanted in the sharks). The BBFS team will intensively fish in the lagoon for the next several weeks in an attempt to catch and record every juvenile lemon shark living in the Bimini Lagoon nurseries.
Along the way, the team will deal with all the challenges of fieldwork, including weather, boats, mosquitoes and even the occasional shark bite. The intense schedule of fishing will truly put our team to the test. All the hard work will help us add to the bank of knowledge on the life history of lemon sharks. Hard work towards a common goal will help bring the team together and in a few short weeks, and strong friendships can quickly be forged.
So please come along on the journey with us as we document the trials, triumphs, set-backs and comedy that eventually get the science done. This is the web journal of the BBFS
PIT Project 2009. Enjoy!
- Matthew D Potenski
June 1, 2009
And for more information on the BBFS PIT Tagging Program, Click Here.
Let the fishing begin!