A Texas A&M University at Galveston research team is embarking on a project to tag several species of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about their movement patterns and feeding habits.
The university announced Monday that Dr. David Wells, assistant professor of marine biology at the school's Galveston campus, and his graduate students will spend about 20 days attaching tags to record the movements of the scalloped hammerhead, tiger and shortfin mako sharks. The team expects to tag at least 20 to 30 sharks on the trip, which will last until Oct. 30.
The group will travel to several areas, including near Corpus Christi and Brownsville, the upper Texas coast and the New Orleans area.
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Wells said it could take up to two years to complete the project and analyze the data.