Friday, September 4, 2020

Right Underfoot

Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

Here is some narrated drone footage (3m 52s) from the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach. It is included in an article in Scientific American by Erik Olsen about a study of "sharks and surfers, stand up paddle, boarders, boogie, boarders, swimmers, and waders." The article includes the full transcript of his conversation with Shark Lab director, Chris Lowe.

Olsen reports that according to Lowe "'The goal, is to come up with what we'd call an encounter assessment.” Who is most likely to encounter sharks—and under what conditions? Are sharks attacking aggressively? Are they attracted to people? Are they repelled by people, or do they just ignore people? So we're right in the middle of a two-year study, and hopefully, by the end of this study, we’ll be able to answer those questions.'"

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