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Bermuda Shark Project story goes global

Choy Aming

News of Bermuda Shark Project data being published in the Nature journal has been followed up by international media including the BBC, CBS and Science Daily.

The research paper predominantly used data from Choy Aming and the late Neil Burnie’s satellite tagging work since 2009 through the Guy Harvey Research Institute in South Florida.

It suggests that tiger sharks make repeated journeys of more than 4,660 miles between different ecosystems — the corals of the Caribbean and open waters of the North Atlantic. The tiger shark is traditionally thought to be a coastal species.

Choy Aming said he was excited that the news had been followed up by the international media as scientific papers are often a hard sell to news editors.

He told The Royal Gazette: “It has been on a few sites internationally because of the exciting nature of it. This is all our stuff. James Lea was the lead author — a PHD student working with one of our science guys in Florida who didn’t have time to write the paper. It is like a full time job to do it and we are not at a university with an advisor so it would have taken us a lot longer.

“It is really exciting just to know that our little project that started out as just an idea literally turned into this multi-country, multi-organisational scientific breakthrough that has been picked up by international news outlets. It is nice to be able to put out some data from Bermuda. The fact that news outlets don’t usually pick up stories about scientific papers is because by nature scientific papers are quite boring — I’ll admit I only read them when I have to.”