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Scientists get close with great whites for tracking study

Woods Hole shark tagging near Jacksonville, Florida, 2013. (Handout)

Woods Hole shark tagging near Jacksonville, Florida, 2013. (Handout)

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A research team off the coast of Cape Cod has embarked on the biggest Atlantic great white shark tagging mission ever.  The OCEARCH shark tagging project aims to tag up to twenty great white sharks by the end of August.  

Until now very little has been known about Atlantic populations of great whites.  But with the recent development of a new great white "hot spot" off the coast, researchers are using this chance to better understand the fish. 

The OCEARCH team has yet to pull in any sharks, but senior scientist on the project Simon Thorrold told guest host Laura Lynch that when the team does catch a shark, they'll work quickly for about 15 minutes to get all the information they can, attach a tag, and set it free again.

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