Expedition Jacksonville: Tagging White Shark Lydia

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Watch the video of how OCEARCH tagged and released the first great white in Florida waters, Lydia!

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Patricia Norris : Lydia is my favorite of all the sharks. From her navigation data on Ocearch website it shows she spends most of her time in deeper water including making two trips out to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Wow. Mary Lee is completely different, she stays much closer to the coast. I would love if we could get more information about dive depths, etc. I know I read on Ocearch that Lydia is a deep diver, but the depth data doesn't seem to be available on their website as a feature that we can search. Great work Ocearch and thanks to Caterpillar for all their support.

miscellaniac : It's depressing the amount of people on here that are anti-tagging. People who scream "SHARKS ARE KILLERS BLARG" are bad enough, but people who assume sharks will be fine if we leave them alone, if we don't research them, are burying their heads in the sand.  Sharks are killed in the millions every year due to finning, longlines and nets, sports fishing, destruction of breeding grounds and other factors. Humans do NOT leave large apex predators, land or sea, alone. The 1970's Jaws panics proved that, with sharks being slaughtered because we were afraid of them, and some of those sharks were very big, very old sharks. These tagging expeditions are intended to gather data that can be presented to law makers, the general public, and science foundations that can further education about how our oceans work to regulate the temperature of the planet, to enact laws designed to protect endangered specieis, and to help us as a species understand who we are, and where we're going as inhabitants of this planet. By demanding they be left alone you are unwittingly contributing to the ignorance that perpetuates the decline of predatory species. 15 minutes of discomfort is better than entire species annihilation due to ignorance.

kitty girl : If u research Lydia it will say she is pregnant!

Ryan Roberts : It really would be nice if they find less intrusive ways to get this research in the future. While I understand the shark doesn't feel any pain, I'm concerned with the effect the device might have on the way it swims. It uses that fin to help direct itself after all. Is there anyway to just stick the transmitter to the shark's main body like they do with sea turtles?

werasf offwrasf : Don't particularly like how much stuff they tacked on to her fin. But if it helps anyone learn more about sharks, then I don't see anything wrong with it.

isaswag : My name is lydia XD and I LOVEEEE SHARKS so this is like a really cool tagging! LOVE YOU LYDIA

R R DeRagon : Sure hope she's still out there....

Baby Rose : Lydia is alive and doing well. We are waiting for her next ping.

Brian Cleary : For those of you who do not follow OCEARCH or have not heard of it I strongly suggest reading into it.  This is a great organization that aims to create real time data on large predatory fish that is shared with the public.  Understanding our ocean's largest predators is imperative in understanding what makes an ocean ecosystem healthy.  I have grown up loving sharks and watching sharkweek and it is great to see OCEARCH getting some attention.  Before you start talking about animal cruelty when they "tag" these sharks, please read what OCEARCH is all about.  Keep up the good work guys!

Gary Low : Big fan of your work lovely people what a fantastic job!!

Aubrey Trittipo : that made my day.....And happy

Jimmil431 : They are putting their lives on the line? They are killing and maiming sharks throughout the world, do a little homework before making statements about their "heroism"

Rusty Shackleford : theweathernetwork said she traveled 16,000 kms to nl, but its only a 4000 km drive, and going water should be considerably shorter... unless he was doing circles along the way, or went to africa and/or europe first.

Nathan M : This is so awesome.

ThomasCrown911 : I'd like to know a LOT more about this!: wwwcausecom/v2actions/1737072-ask-caterpillar-to-reconsider-sponsorship-of-ocearch

IronMan164 : is this the first shark they seen or something? Free Willy lol

steeliechaser : Yes, Lydia is now vacationing in NFLD :) very fascinating. Thanks for sharing your research with us all!

MrNewff : This one decided to come to newfoundland and get screeched in.

thenworhemity1 : you right. but I did not bitch. my friend bought some stock and he made money. his girl bought some bad stock and she lost money. I am only buying 5 shares of good stock and see how it works.

Taylah Hensle : Sunday Night Brought me here. Yay for Australia! :)

thenworhemity1 : I enjoy seeing these videos of people tagging sea animals. enjoy even more eating them with butter, garlic, parsley and a little salt and black pepper. small shark is even good fried like catfish.

thenworhemity1 : I agree. buy only blue chip. buy low; sell high. I need some advice but the general rule applies. do not buy stupid. buy some of the new Dubai land. does anyone believe it will make money? the palm island looks good to me. also, the "world pumped up island" will be really good. I am thinking about buying

thenworhemity1 : do not call me stupid until you know me. I might be stupid but not as stupid as some,

Eric Faith : I don't understand why everyone is claiming that this "is not research". The shark doesn't feel anything during the tagging (the dorsal fin lacks central nerves), and they release it alive and healthy afterwards. This helps them record migration and behavioral patterns. It is certainly research, and helps us understand sharks a lot more than we used to.

thenworhemity1 : no kidding. my friend buys stock and she has lost a pile. no kidding. it would be better to let me spend it. that way, we would both be happy. no. I do not believe in investing. spend it now.

thenworhemity1 : I know some body who wants to buy stock. a dumbass friend of mine. I told him buy google, lo.

thenworhemity1 : who is the bitch? please be specific because we all know there are more than one or two. name the person. who is the "bitch"?

thenworhemity1 : who is the bitch? please be specific because we all know there are more than one or two. name the person.

Christina Welch : I'd love to be apart of an expedition one day and tag sharks. Beautiful creatures.

thenworhemity1 : who is the bitch? please be specific because we all know there are more than one or two.

thenworhemity1 : SFA! wow.

thenworhemity1 : what kind of stock? are you talking about the big stocks? my friend has a few million and I have told them to invest in good stocks. whats up?

thenworhemity1 : kind of sad right?

copycatDrumЯ : So does the shark live the rest of its life with a tracking device attached to its fin? While it may not cause the shark physical pain, I wonder if it could affect its sense of balance or its sense of direction.

flarecard : This kind of thinking is why the USA's science research has slowed so much in comparison with other countries growth around world. And it's why we'll soon no longer be the leaders in science and technology.

White Shark Video : It's even worse than you know Paul.

White Shark Video : It's even worse than you know Paul.

Ron LaDue : Drive the stock up and whining Like A little bitch. Sry for the typos

Camilente2 : She's beautiful.  Hope she makes it to UK waters but I presume it would be too cold here for her.

Ron LaDue : If you own stock dumbass you should know this is great publicity and shouldn't be whining lime a little bitch . This great research if anything it will dive the stock up. Stupid

Jake Milman : Awesome guys, keep up the good work

thenworhemity1 : Ask the dumbasses who are playing int the water how much "EMF" is produced by their equipment. I own Caterpillar stock on the NYSE and it makes me shamed to see my company waste money on this shit. Did I say Caterpillar wasted money (my money) on SHIT?

thenworhemity1 : awesome is your brain! you can not believe this shit; can you?

dan m : Poor lydia is now swimming in circles due to an incorrectly foiled fin.

thenworhemity1 : why don't these bitches get a job? #2 where do they get the money to make a really bad show? #3 who was the dumbass who funded a bunch of really weak sucky people to make a "so-called" nature show?

thenworhemity1 : in my opinion (yes, I know they are like what everyone has), this is a work in progress with no object other that to draw attention to a bunch of self-proclaimed "EXPERTS". so what is UP? a bunch of rich bitches riding around in expensive boats. WHAT THE FUCK IS UP? any science here? where the hell did your money come from? IT SUCKS!

Carlos Febrero : Great job guys !!! :)

Cool Guy : Wow I would love to be a part of this. I love the ocean and its creatures.

Psygnostic : This is basically alien abduction.