TAMU-CC swims to Brewster for Shark Week Live
August 2, 2019
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico studies got their fins out for “Shark Week Live” at Brewster Street Icehouse downtown.
In partnership with Sportfish Center for Sportfish Science & Conservation, TAMU-CC brought the event to Brewster downtown to host a viewing party of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Many students, family and Corpus Christi natives enjoyed watching Shark Week while eating, drinking, and participating in activities.
Of the many activities at this event, scientists featured how they track sharks in the Gulf, attendees took pictures in a photo booth, others tried their hand at oyster painting and a Q&A session was held.
TAMU-CC Marine Biology professor Greg Stunz said the event highlighted the shark research program at the university as well as promoted their appearance on “Monster Mako: Perfect Predator” on Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.
“Our institute, as well as our sportfish center, puts it on to highlight our research program,” said Stunz. “We do this ahead of our premiere.”
The episode featured the research program, showing them implanting trackers in Mako sharks.
“We put satellite tags in their dorsal fins,” said Stunz, “and as they clear the surface of the water, it relays a satellite position wherever they are.”
Stunz said that it’s to track where the Makos go globally, study their biology and to highlight their charismatic nature. And, it gives people a new sense of knowledge to teach others about healthy oceans.
“While sharks are an important part, there’s a lot of people who don’t know about the oceans,” said Stunz, “We have all types of institute activities that help teach people about why they should care about healthy oceans.”
Of the three years this event has been going on at Brewster, the best part for Stunz, besides people learning about these sharks and the ocean, is the interaction this event has on the public and how it brings people together.
“Just interacting with the public,” said Stunz of the crowd in attendance, “teaching them about the importance of the ocean and of course telling people about these charismatic animals.”
Next year, Stunz said that they see them having the event once again at Brewster downtown or the new location on Staples, as well as filming another Shark Week episode and sharing more research with the public.