I am writing to inform you of an upcoming whale shark tagging expedition that needs your help!
The GCRL team will board the Oceana vessel “Latitude” Friday morning and remain at-sea on the 170-ft vessel through Sunday. The Latitude will anchor on Diaphus Bank ( 28° 4’60.00"N 90°42’0.00"W) which is 20 miles East of Ewing Bank. Oceana has 2 smaller vessels used for motoring around when whale sharks are seen and if there is a large feeding aggregation farther away, the Latitude can move to the new location. We will be accessible on radio channels 16 and 122.9, as well as have email access which will be checked regularly.
For more information about the Oceana Gulf of Mexico expedition and the vessel we will be on, see below:
Monday and possibly Tuesday, the GCRL team will be making day trips out to Ewing Bank aboard a 30-ft vessel “Reel Life”. The vessel will leave out of Cocodrie, LA at 6 am and arrive in the area of Ewing Bank/Diaphus Bank around 9 am and remain each day until about 3 pm (which means the vessel will be in the vicinity of the Grand Isle blocks, as well as South Timbalier & Ship Shoal blocks).
Dates: Friday 8/20 - Tuesday 8/24
Radio Channels: 16 & 122.9 (& email coorespondence email@example.com)
Location: Ewing Bank/Diaphus Bank (South of South Timbalier South & Grand Isle South Blocks)
Call sign: whale shark research team
Please help emanate this information and request that all whale shark sightings be reported promptly to ensure that this trip is a success!
Last week’s tagging expedition was a success. The spotter plane located 2 whale sharks, but we were only able to deploy tags on 1 of the sharks because the other was a bit skittish. NBC news correspondent/ TV personality Jeff Corwin accompanied us on the trip and the work was featured on the Nightly News with Brian Williams this Monday. To view the news clip see below:
I cannot thank you all enough for your support!
Graduate Research Assistant
703 East Beach
Ocean Springs, MS 39564