Research in Tubbataha, Palawan identifies 5 individual tiger sharks

interphoto_1430348743PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Shark research in the World Heritage Site, Tubbatahan Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), has identified and documented five tiger sharks since it started, according to the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO).

The TMO headed by Angelique Songco also said in a release that the identification and documentation was also “with a possible sixth.”

Accordingly, Ryan Murray, project leader of the research currently being done by the Large Marine Vertebrate (LAMAVE) Project in the Philippines, and which is located in Tubbataha, disclosed that “three of the tiger sharks have been recorded since 2012.”

The release furthered that “to distinguish between individual tiger sharks, Murray looks for unique features such as scars, bite marks, and color patterns.”

The images were seen “from videos and photos obtained by the Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) installed, and those shared by visitors of the marine park and the dive operators.

Those who have contributed videos and photos, so far, are Colin Swerdfeger of Stella Maris, Keith Lapuos of Oceana Maria, Chester Lee of Discovery Palawan, and Giga Songco of Vasco.

Murray is said to have lauded the participation and support of the diving industry in the on-going shark research.

LAMAVE and the Tubbataha can be recalled requesting private citizens for support through the acquisition of images taken in Tubbataha.

“Through the contribution of our partners, citizen science is making its mark in helping us better understand the secrets of our seas,” the release said.

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