Hotline Shark

 

Curtis TH, McCandless CT, Carlson JK, Skomal GB, Kohler NE, et al. (2014) Seasonal Distribution and Historic Trends in Abundance of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in the Western North Atlantic Ocean. PLoS ONE 9(6): e99240. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099240. Available from: https://www.plos.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/pone-9-6-curtis.pdf

 

For this blog post I wanted to tell you about something positive in the conservation world and do it in a creative way. I found this article about the shark population of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Florida area) and how in the past, around the 1980’s there was a lot of marine life studies going on, and in particular, Great White sharks. They noticed a huge population decline, as well in turtle and tuna populations, while tracking migratory patterns and seasonal distribution. The drop in species life sparked a lot of conservation work in the area within the following decade and to this day, mostly by monitoring and restricting fisheries. Now, this new study has been published saying that there has been a rise in the shark population numbers, and if they continue, they should return to their past population size. This to me is rather encouraging as it shows that conservation work can make a difference, even if it is years down the road.

 

This current paper is more optimistic about the rise in populations of sharks. The researchers took time to capture, spot, relocate, use gear, to be as accurate as possible to find the numbers of the populations of Great Whites. The seasonal distribution was tracked using equipment on the sharks, following them throughout the year, monitoring where the population was, tending to shift to the warmer water during different seasons. As well, monitoring their use of the habitat and how spread out the population was a given time. The interactions with the fisheries industry has also been considered and with different policies coming in place in the 1990’s, their interactions have been limited but not restricted, but also monitored which have helped in this particular study. The abundance trends were compared to their old trends and these researchers are happy about the increased growth of population size of these sharks in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.

 

And now for the fun part! Now that you understand the paper I hope the rest of this makes sense. Below is a rendition of Drake’s Hotline Bling, which I encourage you to listen to the instrumental version while reading (or rapping) along with the new lyrics, which mostly focus on how in the 80’s there was a big drop in shark population when they used to be high in numbers and that only recently, we’re seeing a turnaround in their abundance in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean because of the conservation work that followed in the 90’s. Also, allow for some grace when rapping the lyrics, they aren’t perfect because I’m not a rapper.

 

 

They used to see sharks in the

They used to, they used to

Yeah

 

[Chorus]

They used to see sharks in the swell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

See sharks in the shell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

And then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

Then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

 

[Verse 1]

Ever since the 1980’s

There’s been a big decline in spotting sharks near

Everybody sees and they don’t know why

Population down, researchers stressed out

‘Cause ever since the 1980’s

They started fishing tons and goin’ out more

Exploitation goin’ down to the sea floor

Dealin’ with some things we’ve never seen before

 

[Chorus]

They used to see sharks in the swell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

See sharks in the shell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

And then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

Then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

 

[Verse 2]

Ever since the 1990’s

They started making changes happen

Protectin’ the Great White’s big blue home

No more fishing for the wild beasts

Ever since the 1990’s

We got exactly what we asked for

Seeing the big return in sharks increase

Restorin’ problems we’d never seen before

 

[Chorus]

They used to see sharks in the swell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

See sharks in the shell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

And then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

Then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

 

[Bridge]

Those days, all we did was

Wonder if the sharks were migrating to somewhere else

Wonder if they’re findin’ warmer water up somewhere else

Doing things like eatin’ prey, swimmin’ all day, just somewhere else

They don’t need nothing else

They don’t need nothing else, no

Why those numbers down low

Why they always seem below

Used to always stay at bay, was a large pop

They were in the zone, yeah

They should just be themselves

Right now, they’re somewhere close

 

[Chorus]

They used to see sharks in the swell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

See sharks in the shell zone

Great Whites in the Northwest surf

And then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

Then we saw those numbers swing

That can only mean one thing

 

Ever since the 1980’s

 

 

Word Count without lyrics: 433

Word Count with lyrics: 841

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7 thoughts on “Hotline Shark

  1. May not be cute and cuddly like a panda, but definitely a charismatic species. It’s nice to see another success story too. Too bad no class discussion of this tomorrow where you could rap it for us :p

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