The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2016 season 29 kicked off on Sunday with episodes on Mako sharks. A group of researchers from Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi made a journey to Southern California.
The group observed more than 1,000 pounds sharks having monstrous appetite for Shark Week’s “Return of the Monster Mako.” Matthew Ajemian from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute also appeared on this week’s Shark Week 2016.
“They are very unpredictable,” Ajemian was quoted as saying by the CBS 12. “Makos can be very dangerous animals. They have sharp teeth. They move very quickly.” Ajemian’s research include tagging the sharks with data receivers and underwater cameras to study their behavior and speed.
“We need to know everything we can about their behaviors,” Ajemian said. “The camera is attached to a float system and it attaches clamps down to the sharks fin. it’s a very hydrodynamic system.”
The special episode on the Mako sharks presented the 7-day expedition of the shark researchers, who tagged and studied sharks for the show. The “Return of the Monster Mako” is a direct sequel to last year’s “Monster Mako,” which managed to draw 3.265 million views. The popular episode garnered the highest TV ratings on its weekend slot.
The research on the Mako Shark, which doesn’t have much appetite of humans, focuses on the impact of the damages to the ecosystem on the sharks.
“How do these sharks behave when their prey is a once-in-awhile meal of seal versus feeding non-stop on fish in the Gulf? There’s an opportunity to gain unprecedented social and behavioral insights, the kind of things we can’t get from having one boatside,” Greg Stunz, HRI Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, was quoted as saying by the Chron.