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.
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- How many species of sharks have been identified by the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences shark-tagging project?
- Why is it important for the project’s sciences to track the sharks they have tagged over several decades?
- Why are the waters off the North Carolina coast an attractive location for sharks?
- List four possible reasons for the increase in shark attacks in North Carolina during the summer of 2015.
- According to the video, what is a possible indication of the overall decrease of shark populations?
- When was the Carboniferous Period, and why is it referred to as “the golden age of sharks”?
- North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” — National Geographic
- Don’t Blame the Sharks for “Perfect Storm” of Attacks In North Carolina — NPR
- Sharks — Smithsonian Ocean Portal