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Summer Shark Intern Blog: Grace Dennis (Su’10)

July 23, 2012

I’m Grace Dennis, one of the shark interns for the summer. I’m from Houston, TX and study Environmental Biology and Economics at Colgate University. This is my third summer on Eleuthera and I love it here. I first came to the Island School as a student for Summer Term 2010, then again last summer as a shark intern to work on the nurse shark mating project. This summer I’m lucky to be working on all three shark projects, the nurse shark mating project, Ian’s lemon shark predator and prey project, and Edd’s stress physiology project.

Currently shark team is very excited about retrieving a satellite tag, which just spent 8 months on a reef shark. We spent 5 days on Lighthouse Beach looking for the tag, which had washed up on shore. The search was very time consuming and at times a bit stressful but we finally found the tag under a huge rock. This tag is extremely important because it shows us the movement of the reef shark over the last 8 months. Most satellite tags barely last a couple weeks on these sharks.

I’m so excited to be spending my third summer in a row on Eleuthera and I can’t wait to see what other exciting shark adventures are in store for the rest of my time here!

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