Kelsey Martin, a Ph.D. student and researcher at the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, has filmed a huge cluster of spinner sharks.
The activity occurred at an artificial reef near Port O’Connor, Texas, the “Keeping it Wild Reef.”
Such congregations of sharks are a rare event in the wild. Interestingly, the sharks do not exhibit any predatory behavior when clustering like this. In fact, the sharks were intermingled with Jack Crevalle, and they didn’t seem to be on the menu. The existence of this clustering behavior is believed to indicate a healthy shark population.
The reef is a collaborative effort between the Coastal Conservation Association and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.
You can find out more here or check out the video below.
HUNDREDS OF SPINNER SHARKS FILMED OFF TEXAS COAST.Ph.D. student Kelsey Martin, a researcher at the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, recently filmed a MASSIVE congregation of Spinner Sharks at the "Keeping it Wild Reef", near Port O'Connor, TX. This artificial reef was created by a partnership between the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association.These sharks were intermingled with Jack Crevalle, but did not exhibit any predatory behavior. This is only a short segment of the entire video and is a world-class example of shark congregating behavior. These congregations are rare and indicate healthy fish populations in the area. Texas Parks and Wildlife Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies CCA Texas Shimano North America Fishing POCTX Matagorda Bays CCA BogaGrip KWigglers Texas Shark Rodeo Sharkathon Corpusfishing.comThis video was made possible by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Education Educational Partnership Program award #NA16SEC4810009. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the award recipient and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Posted by Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation on Tuesday, February 8, 2022