White shark necropsy video

Cause of death remains unknown
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy again raises the bar on shark science

Last week two scientists gave Orleans residents a taste of field science when they conducted a necropsy on an Atlantic White Shark at the Orleans transfer station.  The shark died on Nauset Beach a few days earlier.  

Dr. Grek Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Dr. Lisa Natanson of NOAA Fisheries Service were not able to determine the cause of death for the shark but look to tissue samples to help them draw a conclusion. 

As the video below demonstrates, a necropsy such as this is a painstaking process.  The video, posted by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, is graphic but interesting for those curious to see scientists at work.

Thanks to the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Cape Codders are better educated about sharks than ever before.  Their Sharktivity app allows us to study the movement of white sharks tagged by the group. 

The Conservancy also offers a broad program of education for young people, including:

  • An education initiative called the Gills Club that jump-starts girsl' interest in STEM subjects and connects them to the science behind shark research
  • A shark lecture series with the New England Aquarium
  • Presentations to thousands of students and adults about sharks and shark research
  • 13 scholarships for children to attend week-long summer camps which included a shark curriculum

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