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Shark found in Huntington Beach and taken to Monterey was released,
TRANSMITTER ATTACHED TO SHARK FOUND IN OCEAN OFF SANTA BARBARA COAST
By David L. Beck San Jose Mercury News
The young great white shark released March 31 by the Monterey Bay
Aquarium appears to be heading home. Or at least south.
The electronic tag attached to its dorsal fin popped off, floated to the
surface off Santa Barbara County and began transmitting to a satellite
over the weekend.
For the next week or so, the tag will continue to send data about where
the shark has been, at what depths it swam, and what water temperatures
it prefers. Over the course of time, Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson
said, scientists there can put together the bits of data like a jigsaw
puzzle to get a reasonably complete picture of the shark's activities
since it was returned to the wild.
Best-case scenario is that the tag will float onto a beach and be found
and returned to the Aquarium, said Peterson. Then all the data can be
The tag was programmed to detach after 30 days -- or after three days of
inactivity, which would have indicated the shark had died. ``We're just
happy to know she's doing well,'' said Peterson.
The shark was caught last August off Huntington Beach, held in an ocean
pen, fed and trucked to the aquarium, where it went on exhibit in
September. Its stay at the aquarium was unprecedented: The longest
previous tenure for a white shark in captivity was only 16 days.
This one stayed in Monterey 198 days, grew 16 1/2 inches and gained 100
pounds. It was released after it began attacking other sharks in the
giant exhibition tank.