Interesting tag returns

12 recaptures and still going strong!

12 recaptures and still going strong!

The SSTP database currently has thousands of sharks, skates and rays on it, every one of them important and vital but the data recently brought our attention to a particularly special skate! Male skate 2482, originally tagged in November 2009 in the Sound of Jura has been recaptured and released a whopping 12 times since […]

September 29, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Tope – SSTP days at liberty record smashed!

Tope – SSTP days at liberty record smashed!

Whilst working on the database recently we came across an amazing new “days at liberty” record for a tope that had previously slipped our attention. Male Tope # 21161 was originally tagged in Luce Bay in June 2003 under the UK Shark Tagging Programme and was subsequently recaptured (also in Luce Bay) in October 2013. […]

February 12, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
Wandering Star

Wandering Star

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) has seen some amazing results during its 6 years off tagging sharks. Recently a common skate originally tagged, in an Irish tagging programme, in Ballycastle Bay Northern Ireland in March 2003, was recaptured twice by anglers fishing off the Scottish coast after having been at liberty for 4182 days […]

January 17, 2015 Featured Article Read More →
SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily!

SSTP tope re-captured off Sicily!

Recently a researcher at the Italian Institute for Coastal and Marine Environment got in touch with us about a tope a local fisherman had caught. Amazingly the tope in question had been tagged by the Stuart Cresswel in Luce Bay in June 2009 and had been re-caught more than five years later in the fisherman’s trammel […]

December 15, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Fascinating new skate recaptures

Fascinating new skate recaptures

We have just received news of an interesting skate recapture. Matthew Burrett caught the 168 lb skate at Crinan last month with it measuring 80 by 61 inches. The fish was originally tagged in August 2004 at Red Bay NE Ireland. At that time it was 46 by 35 inches and weighed just 28lb; the fish […]

May 1, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Skating to the Maidens

Skating to the Maidens

A common skate (tag# 1683) initially tagged in the Firth of Lorn (Oban area) was recaptured 110 miles away and 20 months later at the Maidens. The Maidens is an area containing two islets and several skerries in the North Channel off County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

February 21, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Tope at liberty for nearly 7 years

Tope at liberty for nearly 7 years

This male Tope, tag#22019, was originally tagged in Luce Bay on the 5th of July 2006 by Onyer Marks. It was recapture in gill nets and released on the 22nd March 2013. The recapture location is marked on the map to the right which was approximately 256 nautical miles from the original tag location. However, […]

January 9, 2014 Featured Article Read More →
Gorringe seamount tope recapture

Gorringe seamount tope recapture

Tope #2601 originally tagged in Luce Bay by Dale Robertson on 25/07/10 was recaptured around 1400 miles away on 27/05/13 by a deep water longline vessel working the Gorringe Seamount.

June 13, 2013 Featured Article Read More →
NZ mako shark’s staggering 13,000km journey

NZ mako shark’s staggering 13,000km journey

New Zealand scientists are baffled by the 13,300km migration of a mako shark tagged in a landmark study. The shark, a 1.8-metre mako named Carol, has been tracked by Niwa scientists using a satellite tagging device. The tag was attached to Carol in the Bay of Islands six months ago. The tag has provided the […]

January 10, 2013 Featured Article Read More →
Amazing journey of Basking Shark tagged off Ireland

Amazing journey of Basking Shark tagged off Ireland

An incredible 3,000-mile journey by a basking shark has forced scientists to rethink their theories on the rare species. Until now, it was thought that basking sharks were only found in temperate waters, but when a five-metre female — named Banba and tagged off Malin Head — was found to have travelled to the western […]

January 9, 2013 Featured Article Read More →
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