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Chris Fischer "Ocean First" Lecture


Groundbreaking Expedition Leader to

Research Great White Sharks in Local Waters

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is proud to present Chris Fischer and the OCEARCH team on Saturday, August 27th from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Their lecture on "Ocean First" and EXPEDITION NEW YORK will discuss their current endeavor: tagging and studying juvenile white sharks off the Long Island coast. This location is believed to be a breeding ground for this keystone species.

Dedicated to the advancement of science surrounding white sharks, Chris Fischer has pioneered more than 24 expeditions in order to better understand these aquatic giants. From uncovering breeding areas to tracking migratory corridors, his groundbreaking efforts with OCEARCH have helped 50 scientists from over 20 international and regional institutions. Their findings have also caught the attention of media outlets in over 178 countries and 29 languages. Together, Chris Fischer and OCEARCH have worked alongside Heads of State, lawmakers, policymakers, and conservation organizations.

OCEARCH and their Shark Tracker app is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of marine species, most notably the white shark. The app allows the public and scientists to follow tagged sharks around the globe in real time. In 2012, this technology was used to locate Mary Lee, a local white shark tagged by Cape Cod. Since then, this popular and elegant creature has garnered a considerable amount of media attention that could perhaps rival Jaws. More importantly, researching Mary Lee has led to new studies in white shark behavior and habits. Through the app, scientists and the public can tell when Mary Lee is near our waters the moment her dorsal "PINGS."

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum invites the general public to learn more about Chris Fischer and OCEARCH on August 27th. Admission for the event is free, but seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis. A cocktail hour provided by Cisco Brewers will follow the event. RSVP to or call (631) 725-0770.

This event location will be at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, located at 200 Main street in Sag Harbor.

Read more about OCEARCH's latest expedition in Montauk through recent Media coverage below...

The Wall Street Journal - "Where the Shark Is a Bellwether."

Gothamist - "PHOTOS: These 'Baby' Great White Sharks Were Just Released Off Montauk."

Pix11 - "Shores of Long Island become first known nursery of great white sharks." - "'Shark Men' Say Waters Off Hamptons A Nursery For Great White Sharks." - "Researchers capture and tag baby great white shark off New York."

"Montauk," the first Great White pup tagged during OCEARCH's recent Expedition NY 2016 off Montauk.

"Montauk," the first Great White pup tagged during OCEARCH's recent Expedition NY 2016 off Montauk.

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