SOFO Presents Shark Research Update

Tagging a juvenile great white shark off Long Island. Photos courtesy of Ocearch

The South Fork Natural History Museum Shark Research and Education Program will present a talk on Saturday, January 26 with Greg Metzger, the program’s Chief Field and Education Coordinator, at 10:30 a.m. at SOFO, located at 277 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

During his presentation, Mr. Metzger will discuss the latest news on Long Island’s White Shark study and SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program. The museum’s newly installed interactive shark exhibit, seen in conjunction with Mr. Metzger’s talk, will enable those who attend to learn, in-depth through photographs and a virtual shark-tagging experience, about the shark species found in the North Atlantic, their ecology, and Mr. Metzger’s team’s research methods and the scientific studies these methods produce.

“The 2018 field season found us capturing exciting underwater footage using a 360 camera,” said Mr. Metzger. “I am thrilled to be able to share some highlights at this event.”

The South Fork Natural History Museum has been studying the white sharks found along Long Island’s south shore for the last four years. Museum scientists have put a great deal of emphasis on capturing, tagging, and releasing young-of-the-year individuals to track their movements, as the south shore of Long Island is home to the only known nursery for juvenile sharks in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The program is open to those 12 years of age or older and is free for SOFO members. Non-members may attend for $15 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12.