Photos: Shark research along Mid-Atlantic coast

WASHINGTON — For shark week, WTOP chatted with scientists who study what great white sharks are doing in the mid-Atlantic.

OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study.

An OCEARCH crew caught, tagged and took blood samples from some tiger sand sharks during its recent mid-Atlantic expedition. (Courtesy OCEARCH)
An OCEARCH crew caught, tagged and took blood samples from some tiger sand sharks during its recent mid-Atlantic expedition. (Courtesy OCEARCH)

An OCEARCH crew caught, tagged and took blood samples from some tiger sand sharks during its recent mid-Atlantic expedition. (Courtesy OCEARCH)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

SAFE Boats is a manufacturer that supplies military and law enforcement agencies. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
SAFE Boats is a manufacturer that supplies military and law enforcement agencies. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

This smaller vessel is called a SAFE Boat and is used to bring visitors to the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
This smaller vessel is called a SAFE Boat and is used to bring visitors to the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

If this kind of boat looks familiar, it's because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
If this kind of boat looks familiar, it’s because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

If this kind of boat looks familiar, it's because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
If this kind of boat looks familiar, it’s because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

Some OCEARCH scientists aren't pleased with the sensationalism surrounding sharks, which they say is continued by movies like "Jaws" and programs like "Shark Week." (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Some OCEARCH scientists aren’t pleased with the sensationalism surrounding sharks, which they say is continued by movies like “Jaws” and programs like “Shark Week.” (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

Mike Hyatt, chief scientist of OCEARCH, leads a science brief, where scientists spoke about their projects aboard the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Mike Hyatt, chief scientist of OCEARCH, leads a science brief, where scientists spoke about their projects aboard the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

Some OCEARCH scientists aren't pleased with the sensationalism surrounding sharks, which they say is continued by movies like "Jaws" and programs like "Shark Week." (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Some OCEARCH scientists aren’t pleased with the sensationalism surrounding sharks, which they say is continued by movies like “Jaws” and programs like “Shark Week.” (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

If this kind of boat looks familiar, it's because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
If this kind of boat looks familiar, it’s because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

A group of researchers and guests pose for a photo aboard the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
A group of researchers and guests pose for a photo aboard the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

OCEARCH founding chairman and expedition leader Chris Fischer told WTOP about the importance of sharks to the marine food web. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH founding chairman and expedition leader Chris Fischer told WTOP about the importance of sharks to the marine food web. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

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An OCEARCH crew caught, tagged and took blood samples from some tiger sand sharks during its recent mid-Atlantic expedition. (Courtesy OCEARCH)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
SAFE Boats is a manufacturer that supplies military and law enforcement agencies. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
This smaller vessel is called a SAFE Boat and is used to bring visitors to the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
If this kind of boat looks familiar, it's because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
If this kind of boat looks familiar, it's because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Some OCEARCH scientists aren't pleased with the sensationalism surrounding sharks, which they say is continued by movies like "Jaws" and programs like "Shark Week." (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Mike Hyatt, chief scientist of OCEARCH, leads a science brief, where scientists spoke about their projects aboard the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Some OCEARCH scientists aren't pleased with the sensationalism surrounding sharks, which they say is continued by movies like "Jaws" and programs like "Shark Week." (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
If this kind of boat looks familiar, it's because the OCEARCH is actually a decommissioned crab boat. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The OCEARCH is a 126-foot research vessel that just wrapped up its 29th shark tagging expedition along the mid-Atlantic coast. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
A group of researchers and guests pose for a photo aboard the OCEARCH. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH is also the name of the nonprofit group that operates the ship, tags and tracks sharks, and allows researchers access to the fish for study. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
OCEARCH founding chairman and expedition leader Chris Fischer told WTOP about the importance of sharks to the marine food web. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

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