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In an attempt to study sharks and help protect them, biologist Chris Fischer and his crew on the research vessel OCEARCH this week embarked on an expedition unprecedented in the United States, to tag 20 great white sharks off Cape Cod, according to an article in the South Coast Today.

The OCEARCH crew’s unique 126-foot repurposed crabbing vessel that has been moored in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is equipped with a custom hydraulic lift platform that helps haul up giant sea creatures for observation. The vessel’s exploits have been captured in TV shows like “Shark Wranglers” and “Offshore Adventures.”

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