Shark Tales

By NBC10 Boston

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NBC10 Boston has teamed up with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to bring you a series that explores the world of sharks in New England.

Episode Date
Bringing More Black Women Into Shark Science

A group of Black women working in shark science are trying to bring needed diversity to their field with their new organization, Minorities in Shark Science. MISS president Jasmin Graham told us that finding other shark researchers like her was shocking — “What, another Black woman in shark science? That’s wild!" — and what the group is doing to bring diversity to marine science.

Nov 09, 2020
Hunting Down Shark Brains — for Science!

Kara Yopak heads the Yopak Zombie Lab at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she studies what all zombies love: brains. She has a collection of shark brains that she believes holds the key to predicting shark behavior — just don’t ask her if sharks are smart.

Oct 14, 2020
How Canadians See Sharks Differently Than We Do

And white sharks seem to behave differently in Canada’s waters than elsewhere, too, according to Heather Bowlby, lead researcher at the Canadian Atlantic Shark Research Laboratory at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She took time from her research to tell us about what Canada thinks of great white sharks and what the sharks think of Canada.

Oct 01, 2020
What We're Learning Seeing Through a Shark’s Eyes

Shark research legend Dr. Greg Skomal is back on the podcast to talk about getting a first-person view of a shark’s life and other ways his team has been tracking sharks off Cape Cod this summer.

Sep 08, 2020
The Struggles of Shark Parenting

Being a single shark mother is hard, especially when you have to worry about dad eating a baby or two. Dr. James Sulikowski, a shark expert at Arizona State University, shares some fascinating facts about shark babies and describes what it is like giving shark moms on-the-spot sonograms.

Aug 24, 2020
Sharks on The Move

Ever wonder how a shark reacts to a hurricane? No they don’t combine with them like in the “Sharknado” movies, but it turns out sharks don't always get out of the way when a big storm hits, either. That's one of the things Bryan Legare, a shark researcher with the Center for Coastal Studies, told us about his studies of the fine-scale movements of white sharks in the Cape Cod area.

Aug 17, 2020
Why We Can’t Get Enough of Shark Week

Shark Week has been airing on the Discovery Channel for decades and has had a major impact on the world of shark research and the public’s perception of sharks. We dive into this annual event with Marianne Long of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which is featured in an episode this year, on why people keep coming back to the TV event and how it helps the future of shark research.

Aug 12, 2020
After Deadly Maine Shark Attack, Expert Shares What We Know

Dr. James Sulikowski had been studying sharks off Maine when a white shark killed a swimmer, the state's first deadly shark attack ever. He joined us to explain what we know about sharks in this area, how people should think about risk when swimming and how climate change factored in.

Jul 29, 2020
New Gadgets for Spying on Sharks

The world of shark research, much like the world of an undercover spy, is all about using the right tools to collect information. I talked with Megan Winton at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy about the exciting new technology they are piloting this summer to spy on sharks, including balloons that look like blimps flying over Cape Cod beaches.

Jul 08, 2020
We're Back: How COVID-19 Is Changing Cape Cod Shark Research

Shark Tales is back at the start of a shark research season that has a very different feel. Coronavirus has brought a lot of changes to Cape Cod, so we caught up with the staff at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on what they are seeing.

Jun 26, 2020
Cynthia Wigren is the Public Defender For Sharks

Sharks have a tough public image and Cynthia Wigren, the founder of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, dedicates her life to changing people's perspectives. Hear about why she founded the conservancy and her thoughts on the shark debate in Cape Cod.

Nov 01, 2019
Figuring Out the 'Shark Puzzle'

Shark sightings and encounters grab the headlines, but there is so much more going on in the world of sharks. Research scientist Megan Winton talks about how statistics are essential in figuring out the "shark puzzle."

Oct 30, 2019
Lisa Natanson Finds Secrets Inside Shark's Bodies

NOAA shark researcher Lisa Natanson digs into sharks to learn more about how they age and reproduce. We talk about some of the strange things she has found inside, and get into the weird development of shark babies

Oct 23, 2019
Going Full Ninja on Smelly Seals With Andrea Bogomolni

Seals play a major role in a shark's diet and the culture around these predators in Cape Cod. Researcher Andrea Bogomolni is studying seals to learn more about how they fit into our ecosystem. Learn more about what her research is finding, and why we should all agree that ticks are worse than sharks.

Oct 07, 2019
How Sharks Like 'Mr. Frisky' Get Their Names

Nan-Sea? Cool Beans? Sharks in Cape Cod have been given a long list of unique names based on their looks, encounters and even memories of loved ones. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's research scientist, Megan Winton, explains their process for identifying sharks and shares some very special stories from the oddest names.

Sep 17, 2019
Dr. Greg Skomal & The Media Feeding Frenzy

Dr. Greg Skomal is a shark biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the face of shark research in Cape Cod during shark season. We talked about his decades of research into ocean life, dealing with media feeding frenzies and raising a family. (Collaboration with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy)

Aug 30, 2019
Have You Ever Seen a Shark Jump?
Aug 22, 2019
Scoping Out Sharks With Wayne Davis
Aug 08, 2019
Everybody Poops...Even Sharks
Jul 30, 2019
Fitbits for Sharks?
Jul 24, 2019
Shark Tales: Diving Into The World of Sharks Off Cape Cod
Jul 16, 2019