If we understood correctly, the Florida Sea Base was involved with the first EVER tagging of a Mako shark with a satellite transmitter on Saturday, 13 November 2010.  Capt. Dennis Wyatt took the University of Miami’s R.J Dunlop Marine Conservation Program shark fishing on the Atlantic side of the Keys about 5 miles offshore from Long Key.  The first shark caught, measured and tagged yesterday was a 10 foot Tiger shark.  But the catch of the day was a fierce, 10 foot Mako shark.  The Mako was apparently very uncooperative and they were not able to get it into the boat.  However, after fighting the shark for about 30 minutes, they were able to attach a satellite tag to the shark.  The group leader told Capt. Dennis that this is the first Mako to ever be tagged with a satellite transmitter.

The day was much more mundane for me.  With the assistance of Teri Wells and Dom Alesandrini I took a very large church youth group snorkeling at Alligator Reef.  Despite the weather forecast (see yesterday’s post), the conditions were very good; nice visibility, 1.5 foot seas, and warm water.  It was a bit breezy and cool but no one succumbed to mal-de-mar.

I was again pleased to have dinner with the Wyatts last night.  They will head home today as soon as Capt. Dennis returns from taking the shark research group fishing again.

Invest 94 has changed very little.  I’ll keep an eye on it but it doesn’t look very threatening at this time.  Click on the link for a cool graphic of the computer models for this system.  WunderMap.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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