Research Updates

Rare “Walking” Feeding Behavior Recorded in Nurse Sharks

Rare “Walking” Feeding Behavior Recorded in Nurse Sharks Since the first modern sharks appeared roughly 100 million years ago, these animals have had plenty of time to get creative in mastering the art of hunting. Protruding jaws, stunning prey, filter feeding, and even breaching out of the water have all been observed methods of feeding. […]

Nurse Shark with Piebaldism Recorded in Honduras

Nurse Shark with Rare Skin Pigmentation Recorded in Honduras One of the defining features of nurse sharks is a brown coloration that is present over their entire body. However, on March 22, 2022, recreational divers in Honduras stumbled upon a unique individual with a rare condition that completely alters the typical pigmentation pattern in the […]

Tiger Sharks lead Beneath The Waves team to Largest Seagrass Bed on Earth

Tiger Sharks lead Beneath The Waves team to Largest Seagrass Bed on Earth Tiger sharks, mainly known for their distinctive stripes and maybe even as the “garbage can of the sea” for their generalist diet, have added one more distinguishing factor to the list; leading scientists to the largest seagrass ecosystem on Earth. In perhaps […]

You Are What You Eat: Shark Diet Influences Energy and Fitness

New Publication From Beneath The Waves The latest study from Senior Research Scientist Dr. Oliver Shipley, “Energetic consequences of resource use diversity in a marine carnivore,” was released last month in Oecologia. Blog contributor Alex Butler summarizes the study for us here–dive in! We have likely all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”. The […]

Drone Mapping and Seagrass Coring

Monday and Tuesday in Thayer Preparations We started the week with two lab days to prepare for the rest of the week. The interns spent part of the lab time learning to use drone mapping software. The software allows the drone to fly itself and create mapped areas from the pictures it records. We are […]

Blue Sharks Galore

Week 4 On Thursday, we drove down to Saquish Beach in Duxbury to continue mapping seagrass beds. This research is in conjunction with the EPA and MIT, as part of an ongoing project through NOAA’s SeaGrants program. When we got down to the beach, we split up into groups. Researchers sent one group to deploy […]

Action Packed Week 3 for Summer Interns

The internship program with Thayer Academy is picking up steam. Tuesday was a long and eventful day for the BTW team. Our goal was to understand sharks further and ultimately ocean health in the Atlantic waters off of Cape Cod. Our 16 hour day on the water started with a 4:30 am wake-up, to get […]

Ground-breaking Shark Research Conducted in St. Maarten Waters

During the week of April 11, 2021, members from the Nature Foundation St. Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), and Beneath the Waves conducted multiple ‘scientific firsts’ as part of the “Shark Shakedown” project. The research expedition was a part of a wider research project into tiger sharks in […]

Ocean Community Coming Together

The Maldives is one of only seventeen shark sanctuaries in the world and provides a safe haven for more than thirty-one species of shark, twenty-nine of which are globally threatened. As we know, sharks are charismatic ecosystem engineers and are crucial for the Maldives marine ecosystem and its local fishing and tourism industries. Sharks maintain […]

2021: We Made It.

2021: We made it. 2020 proved to us that there’s no more time to look back on what’s happened before moving forward. We need to change the course we are going on, and we need to do it now. What’s that going to take? A different mindset, approach, and view on the word “time.” We’ve […]