A GEERG team tagged a Greenland shark with a satellite transmitter on October 20. The tag is scheduled to release after a period of 365 days on October 20, 2013. If successful, the data collected over an entire year will constitute the longest continuous study of a Greenland shark’s diel movements. It will also be the first time that a Greenland shark’s movements are recorded during the winter months in the St. Lawrence Estuary.
Satellite tag deployment by GEERG is made possible thanks to Dalhousie University (Worm Lab), the Quebec Aquarium, and the Musée du Fjord. The tag deployed on a 3-m Greenland shark was named ‘Jack’ in honour of the late Jacques Lacoursière of the borough of La Baie (Ville de Saguenay), Quebec. Mr. Lacoursière was a close friend and collaborator of GEERG and the Musée du Fjord during our early explorations in the Saguenay Fjord.
Several more satellite and acoustic tags will be deployed after the launch of GEERG’s new research vessel, Skalugsuak, in May 2013.
The GEERG team was accompanied by National Geographic Magazine photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes.
Dive Team: Jeffrey Gallant (Lead Scientist), Paul Boissinot (Diving Safety Officer), Jean-Yves “Tag” Forest (Tag deployment).