Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saipan Tiger Shark

I stole this photo from the blog of Linda Tareau, a biology teacher on Guam who got to tag along on a NOAA cruise as part of their Teachers at Sea program (yet another reason the Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument would prefer the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument be managed by NOAA Sanctuaries rather than US Fish & Wildlife Service). Linda spent four weeks on the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette and blogged about her experience on her blog Fish 250.

First of all, how can I get one of these gigs? I've got a blog, but I'm not a teacher or a scientist. Could I swab the decks? Cook everyone dinner?

Second, how cool is that Tiger Shark? And how not cool are the fishing lines and hooks he's got stuck on his dorsal fin?

The shark is following a BRUV, which I'm guessing stands for Baited Remote Underwater Vehicle. I could probably google BRUV and know for sure, but it's a pretty good guess. Final answer.


bigsoxfan said...

Tiger shark or Sand Tiger shark. the dappling on the upper body say Tiger, but the two little dewlaps below whatever passes for an upper snout say Sand Tiger. All the same, damn shame such a fine looking fish? is carrying around all that line. Doesn't look to happy about it either. I never really trusted the line; Well, the leader will rust away"

bigsoxfan said...

Whoops, I'll go with Tiger after reading the blog. The pictures of the engineroom from the blog got my blood going nearly as fast as my first shark in the Tanapeg Meeting House channel. Never worked on an electrical propulsion ship. Wave of the future and my company is bidding on Noaa Facility evals. Sweet.