Scientists go to sea off South West England from the Cornish fishing resort of Looe to catch sharks, then they throw them back - each carrying a message on a plastic tag fixed on the fin.
MV. Personnel board boat
CU. Crew member
MV. Scientist boards boat
LV. Boat away
CV. Crew member
CV. PAN from 'FISH' pennant to scientist
MLV. Boat on way
MV. Fisher party baits hook
MV. Bait (pilchard) dropped into sea
MV. Fisher pulls on rod getting baby shark in
MV. Over side of boat, shark hooked
MV. Bulls shark onto deck and holds it
CV. Baby shark's head
CV.PANDOWN Scientist manipulates tag and recurs
CV. Scientist holds shark
CU. Uses pliers
CU. Fisher's hands hold wriggling shark
CU. Final stages of using pliers
MV. Shark lifted and thrown into sea
Scientist's face. PAN to his hands making notes
LV. Boat SAILS
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Background: Scientists go to sea off South West England from the Cornish fishing resort of Looe to catch sharks, then they throw them back - each carrying a message on a plastic tag fixed on the fin.
Like ornithologists, the scientists, from an East Coast fish research centre, want to learn more about breeding and movement habits.
Their work depends on speed an agility. One on the hook of a rod line, the shark is landed on the rolling deck of the fishing boats the scientists hire and held firmly there by strong hands. A hole is made in one of the fins, a wire inserted and - plasmic label quickly attached with data. The shark struggles but the operation is necessarily a short one and in a few minutes the shark is put back into the sea.
For bait, the shark catchers use pilchard - a fish abundant in these waters though sharks are eating many of them, local fishermen say.
This shark - a young one - is one of the first caught to aid scientists in their research. Hundreds of them will be tagged during the summer months in the channel where they proliferate.