The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Shark Research and Education Program will hold a talk by Greg Metzger, the Program’s Chief Field and Education Coordinator, on Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. Metzger will discuss the latest news on Long Island’s White Shark study and SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program.
The Museum’s newly installed interactive shark exhibit, seen in conjunction with Mr. Metzger’s talk, will enable those who attend to learn, in depth through photographs and a virtual shark-tagging experience, about the shark species found in the North Atlantic, their ecology, and Metzger’s team’s research methods and the scientific studies these methods produce.
“The 2018 field season found us capturing exciting underwater footage using a 360 camera,” said Metzger. “I am thrilled to be able to share some highlights at this event.”
Metzger, who also teaches marine science at Southampton High School, has been shark fishing off of Long Island for more than ten years. SOFO has been studying the white sharks along Long Island’s South Shore for the last four years and museum scientists have put a great deal of emphasis on capturing, tagging, and releasing young sharks. By doing so, scientists are able to track their movements. Interestingly, the South Shore of Long Island is home to the only known nursery for juvenile sharks in the North Atlantic Ocean. There is a great deal to discover about the sharks’ movements as there is very little known about them today.
This program is intended for adults and teens, but anyone twelve years or older may attend.
Admission to the presentation is free for SOFO members. For non-members there is a $15 fee for adults and $10 for children 3-12. The program fee also includes admission to the museum on any day of your choosing. Advance reservations are required.
The South Fork Natural History Museum is located at 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. For more information, call 631-537-9735 or visit sofo.org.