NOAA Fisheries Tags First Basking Shark in the Pacific Ocean

On Sunday, June 6th, 2010, eight miles offshore from San Diego, California, Dr. John Hyde, the supervisor of FRD's Molecular Genetics program, and Owyn Snodgrass, a member of the FRD Large Pelagics Program, successfully tagged a basking shark, the first time this has been done in the Pacific Ocean. The video shows the shark swimming slowly at the surface of the water. When the boat is maneuvered close enough, a Wildlife Computers MK10-PAT, Fast-GPS tag is affixed to the animal just below the dorsal fin using a long pole.