Shark Wranglers Return to Nantucket Waters

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Photos of Mary Lee as she was tagged and released in the waters off Cape Cod, MA. (2013) Photo/OCEARCH

A team of shark researchers have returned to the waters off Nantucket, where they attempt to load sharks onto platforms, perform a battery of tests and then release them, according to an article on

For the research, a smaller boat equipped with outriggers is hooked to the larger M/V OCEARCH. Once the shark takes the bait, the smaller boat pulls the shark alongside the larger vessel and onto a modified platform that can be lifted in and out of the water. Once the shark is on the platform, scientists on board have roughly 15 minutes to perform tests to assess the health, sex, age, weight and length of the shark.

Read about scientists testing sharks off Nantucket.