Great White Shark

Today I went to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries office in New Bedford to take part in a great white shark necropsy being performed by Greg Skomal.  The shark had washed up on shore a few days earlier and was picked up by the Division. The necropsy was being done to try and figure out the cause of death and to take tissue and organ samples for further study of the fish.  The shark was a female and less than 1 year old, although, you would never know that from its size (6 feet).  This was an amazing opportunity to see a great white shark up close and to learn about sharks from the Division’s shark expert.