Tags- Not So Great for Sharks
Chris Fallows, a South African conservationist and scientist, has tagged sharks for years. On a recent diving trip, Chris saw tagged sharks with unfortunate consequences from the tags themselves. Sadly, several of these tags were heavily overgrown and causing deep wounds on the sides of the sharks. He said he saw one shark in particular that was extremely emaciated, covered in parasites and had a deformed dorsal fin from the burden of carrying a SPOT tag which had been bolted to it's dorsal fin. Chris said, “I was left again wondering if the "juice is worth the squeeze" with all the tagging that is going on, or if the person doing the tagging was simply unaware of the damage being caused?”
Chris went on to say, “For the record I tagged over 70 great whites in the 1990’s thinking I too was doing good. I now regret my actions having seen no meaningful steps to help the great white sharks in South Africa come from these efforts.” For more information, visit Chris' website.