Saturday, October 22nd
It was my first day back on the water this semester and I could not wait to get back out for some serious shark action. We had a group of Pew fellows out with us for a day at Broad Key.
Before the fellows arrived, the team set out drumlines and some extra chum crates in the Broad Key channel, hoping to increase our sample size for the day. An hour later we picked the group up from the dock at the field station and went to pick up the drumlines. Unfortunately three rounds of ten drumlines went by without a single shark, although there must have been something out there because some of the lines were missing baits.
Although it was not the best day for shark action, the Pew fellows were able to learn about our outreach and research and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day in the Keys. It might have been the cold weather that kept the sharks away, or maybe not. We don’t know, but a day like today is just another reminder that every time we catch and tag a shark, it’s a very lucky moment. Every day I am thankful that we still see these beautiful animals, even if it doesn’t happen every trip. If it weren’t for groups like RJ Dunlap and Pew, these animals would be disappearing much faster than they already are.
Kyra Hartog, RJD Intern