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Rare tiger shark found dead in Mustique waters
Published on August 1, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

A tiger shark. Photo: Albert Kok/Wikimedia

RUTLAND BAY, Mustique -- Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SUSGREN) is trying to determine the cause of death of a large tiger shark which was found floating in Rutland Bay, part of the Mustique Marine Conservation Area in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A release from SUSGREN stated that the tiger shark was found floating dead on Tuesday amidst large quantities of seaweed.

SUSGREN said that this is an unusual occurrence in the Grenadines and in the Caribbean region, as well as globally. The shark was found by sea turtle researchers during an early morning patrol and was determined to be an eleven-foot long female tiger shark, with no visible injuries.

The release explained that tiger sharks are highly susceptible to fishing pressure and are officially considered by scientists as ‘near threatened’. This means that their population faces extinction in the near future. They have extremely low rates of reproduction and the female was not carrying any young.

SUSGREN also stated that checks are currently being made with shark experts about the possible causes of death, especially to determine whether the death might be linked to the influx of seaweed that is currently affecting the Eastern Caribbean.
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