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Saba and the Saba Bank

It has been two weeks since I came back from a field trip to the Dutch Caribbean and now its time to look back and reflect on how everything worked out. The goal of the trip was to expand the existing network of acoustic receivers in the Dutch Caribbean EEZ and to catch and tag…
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Hammerhead in a book!

Proud and honored that one of my photographs of a great hammerhead shark (Spyrna mokarran) was published in a book of the World Wildlife Fund (Dutch: Wereld Natuur Fonds). The book called ‘Aarde op 1’ takes its readers around the world in 177 photographs. The book pays a short visit to South-Bimini to get a…
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First shark tagged at SXM!

After our field trip to Statia, we continued our trip to the island of St. Maarten (SXM). However, our time here was limited, we had only four days to deploy an array of eight acoustic receivers and try to tag the first shark for Sint Maarten. Upon arrival at SXM we were met by people…
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Statia: ready to track sharks!

Three weeks into my field trip to the Dutch Caribbean, the second island is ready to track sharks: St. Eustatius (or Statia). After Saba, which has had an operating network of receivers to detect tagged sharks for more than a year now, Statia has its own acoustic receiver array in place to track Caribbean reef sharks…
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Dutch Sharks across the Atlantic

As my passion for sharks expanded when I was younger, so did my knowledge that The Netherlands is not particularly known for its high elasmobranch abundance and diversity in its European continental waters. We do, however, have some smaller elasmobranchs like the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula), spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), starry smooth-hound (Mustelus asterias) and the…
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First Publication on White Sharks

During a 2013 field project in Gansbaai, South Africa we collected valuable data for over 6 months on the unique dorsal fin notch pattern and length of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). Combining two non-invasive methods like dorsal fin photo ID (see Andreotti et al. 2014) and parallel laser photogrammetry, we succeeded to measure (and re-measure) individual…
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