Sharks + Stress = ?

This week’s Adventure Insider was written by Dr. Michael Hyatt, Adventure Aquarium’s veterinarian.  He’s passionate about providing the best animal care as well as conducting research in the field to better understand and learn about animals, such as sharks.


I would like to share with you a cool new way to take part in the research process and promote some exciting research. Dr. Paul Anderson from Mystic Aquarium, and myself, Adventure Aquarium’s veterinarian, Dr. Michael Hyatt, are studying how changes in the environment impacts sharks’ response to capture and release fishing. Results will guide recommendations for fishing methods to reduce mortality of these important apex predators.

Field work and sample collection has been completed; we have developed a data set on 61 bull and 93 bonnethead sharks that were captured and handled for fisheries research in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Naples, FL) over a 4 year period. Data analysis has not yet been completed.

To finish this experimental project and submit for publication, we need $5,000 in order to conduct statistical analyses and reporting to determine the effects of water quality parameters on the stress response due to capture and handling.

Recently, we launched a crowdfunding campaign on Experiment to raise support for our research: Once we complete the statistical analyses, we’ll share every step of the scientific process from the field to the lab, on our project page. It’s a very unique experience and we are lucky to have a chance to share this with you! Once we’re ready to publish our results, we’ll thank all of our backers in the paper as well.


We would so appreciate any support you can provide to make this dream a reality. If you please take a moment to share our project on social media or emailing the project to any friends, family or colleagues interested in science and the environment will help finish this amazing project.

If you have any additional questions about the research, or how this works, we’ll be happy to answer them. Thanks for supporting this science, it won’t be possible without you!

Learn more about our project at:


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