The Oceanic Whitetip is critically endangered in the Atlantic, yet few scientific studies have been undertaken on this species. In 2011 a team of scientists from the Cape Eleuthera Institute, Microwave Telemetry, Inc, Stony Brook University and the University of North Florida initiated a tagging study on this species using X-Tag pop off satellite tags (PSAT). Continuing the study, the team returned in 2012 tagging an incredible 29 oceanics in only 11 fishing days.
The research team expects to publish their preliminary findings on the movements and behavior of sharks tagged in 2011 in the coming months, and is already planning the 2013 expedition. The 2012 research expedition was funded by Microwave Telemetry, private donors to the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University and The Save Our Seas Foundation.