SUBJECT: # 40033: Whale Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico
Jennifer McKinney (188.8.131.52) from MISSISSIPPI on 9/4/2008 5:19:00 PM
Scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory are studying whale sharks in the northern Gulf of Mexico. If you encounter a whale, please participate in the ONLINE WHALE SHARK SIGHTINGS SURVEY. You can help us learn more about the occurrence and distribution of whale sharks in the region.
To Report a Sighting:
Please complete the survey at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/whaleshark
Information that is helpful to us includes:
â€˘ Time and duration of encounter
â€˘ Location (GPS coordinates)
â€˘ Approximate size and number of sharks
â€˘ Observed behavior
â€˘ Associated species
â€˘ Photos/video (especially of the region behind the gill slits on the left side of the animalâ€”this is used for identification)
â€˘ Any other distinguishing features (i.e. numbered marker tags located behind the dorsal finâ€”please notate number)
Your participation is vital to us gaining a better understanding of their movements and habitat use patterns in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Thank you.
- 9/6/2008 11:57:00 PM
MikeF from FL says also
While your reporting let me know if there are any tuna in the area. Kind and quantity would be appreciated. GPS co-ordinates wouldn't hurt.
- 9/13/2008 2:56:00 AM
Spooled Again from OTHER says Spotted
...whale sharks last weekend. Here in the Persian Gulf whilst on a dive trip. Three bigguns (30') and a cupple smallish ones (10'). No tuna though. Sorry!