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Marine species quickly revealed by new 'Go Fish' tool, highlights potential of emerging eDNA science

trolling for sharks
Block Lab
Nov 29 2018

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THE ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY, PROGRAM FOR THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT . . . .

In a major expedition this year, scientists led by Stanford Prof. Barbara Block at Hopkins Marine Station documented predators and prey in the White Shark Café -- an area of the Pacific Ocean about half-way between Hawaii and the west coast of North America mysteriously visited regularly by white sharks. To determine what draws these predatory sharks to these seemingly inhospitable waters, they deployed a combination of satellite tags on white sharks, underwater robots, wind-powered Saildrones, and eDNA sampling to identify how and why animal species use these waters.