Jurassic Shark Expeditions - The Joint Services Shark Tagging Team (JSSTT)
We regret to announce that EXERCISE JURASSIC SHARK 5 has been cancelled following recent changes to the Joint Services Sub-Aqua Diving Regulations. It is unlikely that there will be any more military sponsored expeditions. A civilian Shark Taggiing Team is now a possibility.
A force for good in marine conservation
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"So, what are some really important things?" he asked us. A few kids raised their hands, and as he pointed at them, they gave their answers, which he wrote on the chalkboard in really, really sloppy handwriting: RULES. SCHOOLWORK. HOMEWORK. "What else?" he said as he wrote, not even turning around. "Just call things out!" He wrote everything everyone called out. FAMILY. PARENTS. PETS. One girl called out "The environment!" THE ENVIRONMENT. he wrote on the chalkboard, and added: OUR WORLD!
"Sharks, because they eat dead things in the ocean!" said one of the boys, a kid named REID, and Mr.Browne wrote down SHARKS.
Wonder by Palacio, R.J. Pages 46/47 (2012).
The Joint Services Shark Tagging Team is a Tri-Service team of divers from the British Armed Forces. The team exists to provide manpower and resources for shark tagging and other marine conservation projects where diving skills are required. JSSTT expeditions operate under the Joint Services Adventurous Training scheme and are open to military and essential scientific personnel only. The team works with ‘Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas’ (PRETOMA - a Costa Rican NGO specialising in shark and turtle conservation) and Fins Attached - an American NGO specialising in shark research and conservation.
The JSSTT has now tagged 62 sharks, 12 turtles and placed 7 acoustic receivers in the Eastern Pacific with the aim of building an overall picture of shark movements across the Eastern Pacific Tropical Seascape and beyond.