In October 9th and November 27th of 2023, Changing Seas South Florida PBS joined us in Sarasota Bay and the Indian River Lagoon to film an episode highlighting our work supported by Save Our Seas Foundation. This episode, scheduled to air in June 2024, will be showcasing our tagging efforts on young whitespotted eagle rays in Florida. In Sarasota Bay a young eagle ray (~80 cm disc width) was captured in the Gulf of Mexico and actively tracked for a few hours in collaboration with Mote Marine Laboratory. In the Indian River Lagoon of Florida’s East coast we tagged a 55 cm eagle ray at the end of November, which we considered an early Christmas gift!
How do we find and tag the rays?:
Thanks to the support of Save our Seas Foundation and The Mote Scientific Foundation we have been able to collect data that will be used to reveal the first nursery areas for this species in North America. This type of study takes a village and would not be possible without the efforts of the Fisheries Ecology and Conservation Lab at FAU-Harbor Branch, Kim Bassos-Hull, Pete Hull and the Marine Ops staff at Mote Marine Lab. Thank you to ChangingSeas_SouthFloridaPBS for joining us in this adventure. Stay tuned for more updates!