Ocean News

A glimpse into the Bull Shark Tagging Programme

6th April 2009

As you know, I use a variety of direct and indirect observational techniques to study bull shark behaviour and ecology in Fiji. One is feeding acoustic transmitters to the sharks and then let them be picked up by listening stations placed on various sites on the southern coast of Viti Levu. What I basically do is wrapping the transmitters in tuna loins or simply stick them into a tuna head and then feed the piece of fish to a bull shark swimming by. Well, I would not dare to feed it myself, but my Fijian friends don’t mind … Anyway, it’s as easy as it sounds. Have a look for yourself! You will also see some footage from a meeting with the local chiefs when we signed the agreement that Shark Reef Marine Reserve would be a protected site.