Juvenile White Shark Research
DISCOVERY Yacht Valkyrie
Santa Barbara/Carpinteria, CA
August 10-14, 2021
From August 10th-14th, aboard DISCOVERY Yacht Valkyrie, SeaKeepers facilitated an expedition with the California State University Long Beach Shark Lab to investigate and collect as much data as possible about a population of juvenile and subadult great white sharks that have made a habitat out of a stretch of beach in Carpinteria, California. DISCOVERY Yacht Valkyrie is a 65' Sea Ray which proved to be the perfect platform for housing and transporting all eight researchers to the research site.
For the four days out at sea, research methods included tagging, attaching a biologger to one shark, downloading acoustic receiver data, capturing BRUV footage, deploying an AUV to map the environment, and taking muscle biopsies of prey species. Overall, it was a very productive and successful research expedition.