Monitoring the migration of blackfin sharks – Florida Atlantic’s experts are in the newsMay 30, 20192 min read
Seeking the warmer waters of the south coast – it is that time again for the annual migration of the black fin shark.
These majestic sharks can grow up to 8 feet and weigh in at more than 200 pounds when fully grown. They’re also listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as near threatened, mostly due to the fact it is a targeted for its meat and its fins, which are used to make shark fin soup.
Recently, one of our experts was featured in the media for his efforts in ongoing research and his studies are benefiting those who live both on water and on land.
“Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University, has been tracking the migration patterns of these apex predators by air and sea. Now Kajiura's latest tool is providing thorough details about their every move.
He is capturing their movements and gathering detailed information through a $5,000 reusable radio and satellite sensor attached to their dorsal fins for two to four days. Data from these "shark diaries" records information, including how often they swish their tails, at what depth they prefer to swim, and at what time of day they swim close to the beach — proving beneficial to lifeguards responsible for beach safety.” Tampa Bay Times
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Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., is a professor and researcher at Florida Atlantic University. He’s also an expert in sharks and shark behavior. Stephen is available to speak with media – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.
Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D. Professor
Stephen Kajiura researches the integration of sensory biology and behavior with functional morphology.