This morning we were welcomed at the Bimini Biological Field Study research center where they do lots of research on sharks, specifically ones called lemon sharks.
Off to see the sharks!
The research that they are conducting on the lemon sharks is incredible. I loved hearing about the use of the collected data for conserving the North Sound of Bimini (the islands we have been diving around in the Bahamas). Lemon sharks spend their early years swimming about the mangroves bordering the shore, which provides great protection from the hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, and other large organisms living in the deeper waters outside of Bimini Bay.
Juvenile lemon shark
After hearing about the research and conservation we actually got to see one of the juvenile Lemon Sharks being studied. To get a closer look the head scientist carefully turned the shark on its back, which puts it into a hypnotic state.
That is how they are able to control the shark while inserting small tracking chips and transmitters without needing to use anesthetics. The shark’s dermal denticles (their skin) felt awesome! It was a great experience to see a field study center!
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