Shark Tagging

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences have been catching, examining, and tagging sharks off the coast of North Carolina for a continuing study of coastal shark populations since 1972.

NGSS Performance Expectation: None

NC Essential Science Standard: Analyze the survival and reproductive success of organisms in terms of behavioral, structural, and reproductive adaptations.

Discussion Questions

  1. How many species of sharks have been identified by the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences shark-tagging project?
  2. Why is it important for the project’s sciences to track the sharks they have tagged over several decades?
  3. Why are the waters off the North Carolina coast an attractive location for sharks?
  4. List four possible reasons for the increase in shark attacks in North Carolina during the summer of 2015.
  5. According to the video, what is a possible indication of the overall decrease of shark populations?
  6. When was the Carboniferous Period, and why is it referred to as “the golden age of sharks”?


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