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Underwater Video Study Proves Caribbean Reef Sharks Benefit from Marine Reserves

Video of juvenile nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) and Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) competing for access to the bait cage of one of the baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras used in the study, nicknamed “chum cams.”


 

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Filmed at Belize’s Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, which is a coral atoll, this footage shows a juvenile nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) (left) and Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) (right) competing for access to the bait cage of one of the baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras used in the study, nicknamed “chum cams.”

 

Filmed at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, this footage shows a sub-adult Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) swimming near the bait cage of one of the baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras, nicknamed “chum cams,” used in the study.

     
 

Lead author of the study, Mark Bond, of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, retrieves one of the baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras, nicknamed “chum cams,” after the filming is complete at Turneffe Atoll, one of the fished sites.

 

Lead author of the study, Mark Bond, of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, positions one of the baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras, nicknamed “chum cams,” down current at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve.

 

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