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Texas A&M Researchers Tag Monster Mako for “Shark Week”

Jul 02, 2015 02:17PM ● Published by Tyler Hicks

Scientists at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently partnered with the Discovery Channel to gather and share information about one of the Gulf’s most mysterious sharks: the shortfin mako shark.

The HRI’s Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) set out on a 10-day expedition to tag the mako shark, one of the fastest shark species in the world. The video footage will help open the 28th season of “Shark Week” on July 5 at 9 p.m. Central Time.

“We are thrilled to share the highlights of the expedition, and by partnering with ‘Shark Week,’ it allows us to share amazing video showing the sheer power and beauty of these creatures with other shark enthusiasts world-wide,” says Dr. Greg Stunz, expedition team leader and CSSC Director and HRI Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health.

Using state-of-the-art technology and underwater cameras, scientists were able to gather information on the shark’s movement, depth, speed and acceleration, as well as view footage capturing their behavior both night and day.

HRI will host a screening of the “Monster Mako” special as well as a Q&A session with their shark experts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on July 6. Members of the public are invited to learn more and get their questions answered about these enigmatic sharks. If you can’t make it, be sure to tune in to the Discovery Channel on July 5 for this special segment.

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