Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Satellite tags & Baby whale shark videos...

News on the tagging front is that both of the Mini-Pats attached during the Djibouti expedition in January have now released and both the sharks seem to be having a holiday in the Southern Red Sea! One is off the coast of Eritrea, north of Massawa, while the other is of the coast of Yemen. The data is still being downloaded and the research team are keen to get into it to see what these two have been up to for the last three months!

The two tags popped off either side of the southern Red Sea
In ither news, ex Whale shark Team Leader Katie Brooks recently came across this 2006 footage posted on U-Tube by Nick Hope of his diving holiday off Bunaken, Indonesia.  The whale shark was apparently only 4 or 5 feet long and had two big remoras attached to it.

Another new posting on U-Tube is of a baby whale shark inside the reef crest off Ahnd Atoll, Pohnpei, Micronesia. Uploaded on the  24th May 2011 by deveyn1, the video shows a similar sized whale shark in very shallow waters...

So things seem to be warming up on the juvenile front! Fingers crossed for the coming Seychelles whale shark season!!