Sharks on Shore

Three men, all wearing orange life vests and baseball caps, hold a shark, and the bearded man in the center prods the animal’s side with an orange-handled instrument.

Photo by Kevin Hudson

The Mississippi Master Naturalist volunteer group, trained and supported by natural resources experts with the MSU Extension Service, learned about marine life during a recent boating trip off Gulf Shores, Alabama. Marcus Drymon (center), assistant Extension professor, measures and tags a great hammerhead. Matt Jargowsky, who is pursuing a graduate degree in wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture, holds the shark’s head, while Jacob Eagleton, a fisheries ecology intern, holds its tail. After the examination, the Master Naturalists returned the shark to the sea.

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