Archive | February, 2015

Atchafalaya Basin: Uniquely Louisiana


South Louisiana is covered with swamps. Spanish Moss-draped cypress trees, drooping willow-lined bayou banks, mucky, murky backwaters and palmetto-laced ridges make up as much of the landscape as sugar cane fields, oak-tree bottoms, towns and cities. The swamps go by uniquely Louisiana names like Maurepas, Des Allemands, LaBranche and Bonnet Carre. While all of Southern […]

Blood samples show low stress indicators after tagging with the OCEARCH method


As shark biologists, we often need to get up close and personal with sharks in order to attach tags and collect necessary samples to answer critical questions about shark migrations, physiology, fisheries interactions, reproductive biology, etc.  Over the years, scientists have developed various methods of capture and handling, which often involve removing sharks from the […]