It’s a scary thought to be in the presence of sharks, what more to be dealing with these animals. But that isn’t the case for the Expedition Great White team who seeks to learn more about these beautiful creatures.
The Expedition Great White team sets off on three expeditions to this spectacular region with some of the area’s most experienced researchers. “Dr. Hammerhead” Peter Klimley and some of his post docs form the core of the investigative team. With mother ship OCEAN and her experienced crew, they set forth to answer some big questions about big predators.
Insight and adventure ahead!
Three expedition destinations within the Eastern Tropical Pacific have been chosen: The Revillagigedos, Cocos Island, and The Galapagos. They mark three key positions along the shark superhighways of these seas. How they each figure into the great migrations and are connected is fundamental to this research. Episodes include:
It is the same crew but everything else has changed; fresh science team, new shark species, varying landing methods, and in unfamiliar territory, the Revillagigedo Islands. Chris’ team and Dr. Hammerhead (Pete Klimley) will work together to try to help the scientific community learn about tiger sharks, Galapagos sharks, and many other shark species. The biggest hurdle this team will have to overcome is finding a balance between the differing opinions on how to land the sharks.
The Shark Men anchor at Socorro, one of the four islands that make up the Revillagigedo Archipelago. The hunt for hammerheads continues and with the help of the Shark Men Dr. Pete Klimley hopes to uncover the mysteries of shark migratory behaviour in this region. The question was to use the sling the scientists would prefer or use the trusted lift that the crew has used time and time again. But now there is a bigger question: will either of them work? The MV Ocean has been temperamental ever since they left port, but will she breakdown when they need her the most?
The Shark Men are challenged as never before. They hook three sharks including two giant tigers. But they get away. Even for these pros, the sheer power of the tiger sharks catches them off guard. Determined, they redesign their approach and start using the kind of tackle they use to land giant great whites. It pays off big time as a subadult tiger shark they name Sara Beara, is successfully tagged and sent on her way.
After a long stretch of nothing but frustration, the team is finally seeing consistent success mostly due to the realization that the technique used to catch great whites works perfectly on tiger sharks. Even though they’re all exhausted, the scientists and crew are now determined to catch and tag five sharks from five different species because they know that the tagging operations are part of an urgent mission to help protect and understand these magnificent fish.
At the Revillagigedo Islands off Mexicos western coast, the tally for tagged sharks is rising but so are tensions among the men. As the long and grueling expedition winds down, the Shark Men struggle to put personal conflicts aside to stay focused on their ambitious and urgent mission to save as many shark species as they can.
And more! Don’t miss the premiere of “Shark Men 3” on 6th November 2012 (Tuesday) at 9:00pm on Nat Geo WILD (Astro Ch 550) and thereafter every Tuesday at the same time.