location: bimini, bahamas
subject: endangered great hammerhead •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
what’s different about this great hammerhead? she’s covered in mating scars, a super rare view you’ve probably never seen before and won't see again for some time. when did she get them? before her arrival to bimini? during?? mating questions remain unsolved for these giant hammers but in the meantime let’s consider a few facts…
@biminisharklab have used biotelemetry techniques (acoustic and satellite tags), conventional tagging, laser-photogrammetry (measuring shark sizes underwater with lasers!), and photo-identification to investigate the level of site fidelity/residency for great hammerheads in coastal areas of the bahamas and the u.s.a. results lead by my husband @tristanguttridge revealed large scale return migrations (3030 km), seasonal residency to local areas (some for 5 months), site fidelity (annual returns to
bimini and jupiter for many individuals) and numerous international movements! but really the question we all want to know, is, where are they giving birth?? hopefully the sharklabs data will start forming answers to their best kept secret in the near future....
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