Sal Jorgensen, Gulf of the Farallones. After three weeks of challenging weather, on Sunday we finally had one of those rare days in the Farallones with sunshine, clear water, and no wind. Luck was really with us -- in addition to the conditions being just right, we were fortunate to witness white sharks feeding. In the Fall, thousands of elephant seals and sea lions haul out on the rocky shore of the Farallon Islands and white sharks gather here to patrol the surrounding waters for their next meal.
Sal Jorgensen, at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA.-- Here's an updated plot of the juvenile white shark that John O'Sullivan and the team from the Monter
The tag that we recovered from the juvenile white shark released by the Monterey Bay Aquarium on January 16 shows that he high-tailed it west from the 50°F waters of Monterey Bay to warmer waters
The juvenile white shark tag recorded temperature, depth, and light-levels every five seconds during the 90 days that it was deployed on the shark resulting in more than 4.5 million data points.
The white shark tag has returned to Monterey. After a tricky U-turn, the tag started drifting offshore and we feared we might lose it.
Here is the entire course of the drifting white shark tag after it released from the animal and floated to the surface.
Five days after the satellite tag released from the white shark, the tag has traveled another 19 miles east and seems to be holding a steady course.
It is now the 4th morning since the tag released from the juvenile white shark. We are getting plenty of satellite hits as the tag continues east.
Early Sunday morning we got our first hit from the satellite tag we attached to the juvenile white shark before releasing it from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on January 16.
We awoke to 30-knot winds funneling through our fiord anchorage, aptly named Preservation Sound. The forecast was “grim” with 35-45 knot winds predicted. Reluctantly we decided that we needed to make a run for Bluff, our ultimate point of debarkation.
We found a few protected spots along the way to set our lines briefly, and got one promising bite, but as the storm clouds gathered and wind picked up, we conceded defeat and pointed towards shelter.