By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz | Cape Cod Times

Courtesy of Bradley Wetherbee. This satellite transmitter is similar to one that was attached to a 6-foot mako shark off Ocean City, Maryland, on June 15. The shark was presumably caught by a fisherman off Martha's Vineyard, and researchers who are trying to get the transmitter back have traced it to North Falmouth.

Courtesy of Bradley Wetherbee. This satellite transmitter is similar to one that was attached to a 6-foot mako shark off Ocean City, Maryland, on June 15. The shark was presumably caught by a fisherman off Martha’s Vineyard, and researchers who are trying to get the transmitter back have traced it to North Falmouth.

NORTH FALMOUTH — The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that conducts scientific research and holds educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment, is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the satellite tag attached to a mako shark caught south of Martha’s Vineyard around Aug. 20.

Researchers working for the foundation tagged the shark off Maryland in June as part of a project to collect data on mako shark travels and population, according to Brad Wetherbee, a researcher who works at the University of Rhode Island.

About 30 percent of the 75 mako sharks tagged by the researchers in the last five years have been caught and killed by fishermen, according to Wetherbee.

The transmitter tells the researchers that the shark was caught by a fisherman Aug. 20. The transmitter’s most recent location was in a North Falmouth neighborhood near Fiddler’s Cove, according to Wetherbee. Read more…

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