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Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on day seven of Expedition North Carolina with OCEARCH! Unfortunately, the wind that kicked up last night hasn't abated, and the marine forecast doesn't appear to look promising for the rest of the expedition, so we're heading back to shore this morning for what has now become the final day of the trip.
Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on day six of Expedition North Carolina with OCEARCH! We headed back offshore this afternoon to catch an open window of good weather and calm seas to try our luck again in the search for sand tiger sharks.
Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on Expedition North Carolina with OCEARCH! The last two days we've been anchored inshore due to strong winds and weather that are preventing us from working the offshore fishing sites. We went through a wicked storm two nights ago that soaked everyone on board, and since then the wind has really kicked up and made boating difficult.
Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on day three of Expedition North Carolina with Ocearch! Today we spent time fishing in the same location as yesterday and a little further inshore, but unfortunately, no luck on finding any sharks. So I thought I'd describe the process of bringing a shark onto the platform for data collection (like we did for the tiger sharks yesterday) in a little more detail.
Last night, the Ocearch crew took our team approximately 18 miles offshore to the location we were hoping to find sand tiger sharks this morning. The trip took about three hours and started right around bedtime. The sleeping quarters are bunk beds below deck, and the gentle rocking of the boat as we headed out was perfect for lulling me to sleep. Unfortunately, the gentle rocking became a little more intense overnight, so we had to move back closer to shore to find calmer seas first thing after breakfast.
Hey all! This is Kathy Heym, Director of Animal Health at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Today is day one of an AMAZING expedition I'm participating in off the coast of North Carolina to learn more about sand tiger shark populations.
Did you know that coastal Florida is home to the only living coral barrier reef in North America? Last month, experts from public aquariums, zoos and other research and conservation-based organizations across the country gathered at The Florida Aquarium with a point of focus to save coral reefs and endangered staghorn coral in the Florida Keys.
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