Ramon Bonfil 
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Re: “Catching Sharks in Order to Save Them

The shark "Nicole" that we tagged off South Africa and went to Australia, was NEVER caught and cradled. That is a mistake in this note. During our pioneering South African study we caught and SPOT tagged 18 white sharks, and we also jabbed 25 pop-off archival tags to other white harks, without catching them. Nicole was one of the latter. Our study, as any true scientific study, had clear objectives and carefully chosen methodologies, and it provided real useful information for management, information already published in one of the most important peer-reviewed journals in the world (Science). Our data from South Africa helped get the Great White Shark listed in Appendix II of CITES. I can attest to this because I personally presented these results during the CITES CoP in Bangkok in 2004 and it was at this meeting that GWS got listed in CITES. By using both types of tags (SPOT and pop-off archival tags) during our study we learned that white sharks leave the protected waters of South African and go into Mozambique, and also that they perform one of the longest return migrations known among sharks. Nothing new has come out of Ocearch's South African study. The need from Ocearch's frontman to put other studies down and minimize their importance, together with his continuous claims of "being the first to... the best one... the one and only..." only show his hunger for limelight and exposure, and his inherent lack of understanding about what science is.
Dr. Ramn Bonfil. Ocanos Vivientes A.C. Mexico.

Posted by Ramon Bonfil on 07/24/2019 at 12:46 PM

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