This morning we achieved another milestone in the Tiger Shark Project funded by the Save Our Seas Foundation. We placed a PAT tag on a 2.55m (pcl) female tiger shark from Shark Park. The girl was fitted with a PAT tag and an acoustic pinging tag by the scientific team headed by Prof. Vic Peddemors.
The whole team is as follows: Prof. Vic Peddemors (McQuarrie University); Dr. Malcolm Smale (Bayworld); Mike Meyer (MCM); Geremey Cliff (NSB); Dr. Matt Dicken (Bayworld); Pam Le Noury (Ocean Safaris); Sirika Singh(MCM); Mark Addison; Sijmon De Waal; Keith Roussouw; Marcus Msani (all Blue Wilderness); Thom Peschak, Samantha Cheryl-Owen and Leslie Rochat (all contracted by Save Our Seas Foundation to photograph and video the event).
This is yet another milestone in the groundbreaking work that these scientists are doing with regard to the study of sharks on our coast. The tag is scheduled to pop off in 4 months and then set to transmit it's data to an orbiting satellite from the Argos constellation of satellites. We deployed two successful tags in 2006 and this was the first of the 2007 batch. We hope to place another tag on another tiger shark tomorrow.
Visibility was in the region of 15m but the water was full of particles which made the photography difficult. The water temperature was 23 celsius. We had five different female tigers and about 40 blacktips. A very unexpected visit from a Whaleshark was certainly another highlight in an action packed day.
There was a slight emergency when Prof. Peddemors got a bluebottle wrapped around his neck and had a violent allergic reaction. He was rushed to the Scottburgh Lifeguard Station and attended to. All is now well and the Prof. looks all set to rejoin the team at Shark Park tomorrow for the second PAT tag deployment. Just when you thought sharks were dangerous!