JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- OCEARCH is launching its 16th shark tagging expedition right here in Jacksonville. The OCEARCH crew will be tagging more great white sharks along the east coast starting Feb. 23rd.
Friday, Mayor Alvin Brown is teaming up with some of the best scientists in the world to figure out why great white sharks, i.e. Mary Lee, visit our area. Docked at the Riverwalk outside of the Hyatt is MV OCEARCH, a boat known for capturing and tagging great white sharks in an effort to better understand them.
OCEARCH researchers tag sharks to learn more information about their daily lives and the challenges these animals face. Shark populations worldwide are in danger, and declining in areas where they were once common. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has determined that of the shark and ray species assessed, 30 percent are threatened or near-threatened with extinction. The purpose of Expedition Jacksonville is to shed light on the greatest threats to great white sharks and what can be done to save them.