It’s been a while since I’ve written about the great white shark presence off the coast New England, and I’m a little behind on the story now. According to the Cape Cod Times, eight white sharks have been tagged off the coast of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, and should at this moment be commencing their journey south for the winter. Five have been tagged with satellite tags, and three are carrying acoustic tags.
The fact that some of these sharks have acoustic tags excites me. The idea behind the acoustic tags is that several institutions and Universities along the east coast have acoustic receiver arrays deployed at strategic points, and hopefully these sharks will move close enough to these arrays to tip off researchers as to when they appear at certain points along the coast. So why am I excited about this? Because the Rulifson lab deploys an acoustic array during the late fall and winter to detect spiny dogfish, and in the past has picked up sturgeon and sand tiger sharks from other studies. How awesome would it be if they picked up one of the New England great whites?