"We Need a Bigger Boat"

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As tensions mount on the mothership, the Expedition Great White team is looking to tag three more sharks in three days. But they’re running low on bait, and one of their hooks is broken by an extra-strong great white mouth. Will they be able to catch another female before they run out of time?

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Video Preview: Shark Encounter (from the episode “Fresh Kill”)

Don’t miss the series premiere of Expedition Great White, with back-to-back episodes this Sunday June 6 starting at 9P et/pt.
Feeding Frenzy — 9P et/pt
Fresh Kill — 10P et/pt


  1. shabbychic
    June 4, 2010, 4:24 am

    Can NOT wait for this show… I love great whites!

  2. kay888
    June 13, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I am saddened that NatGeo sponsored and is airing this show. First, they hook the shark and fight it for almost an hour, remember the shark is fighting for it’s life it doesn’t know what they’re going to do. Then they pull the shark out of the water, they left a hook in one of the sharks gills because they couldn’t get it out. When pulling an animals of this weight out of the water the internal organs are compressed together and can stop functioning. If a female is pregant she can lose the pups. The tagging they use is a bolt tag, they drill a hole in the dorsal fin, which has shown to turn black after a while. If you love whites go on a trip to see them and support tourism that will continue to protect them. Also, the team leader had to defend his actions in a committee hearing in CA since so many other experts and researchers are not condoning what he is doing. The show does not support conservation, it is sensationalized media for a fishing show. Most of the crew were actors not reasearchers. The amount of stress put on this animal was not necessary and many other committee members thought it was harmful. We don’t need to bolt tag animals to save the whites or the ocean, there was no respecting/conservation going on here.

  3. mikerd
    June 13, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I agree Kay. The damage inflicted on them was not necessary. Don’t remember her name but the woman who gave the permits to do this was also brought up in front of a hearing committe. My friends and family will not be supporting National Geographic any longer. One of the crew was quoted as saying the tag is like an earring for women. I don’t believe that as my daughter’s and wife’s ears have never turned black! It’s sad but it’s just for ratings. Why don’t they document a dive trip instead—because it probably won’t get the rating and crazy media coverage.

  4. NGC_Laura
    June 14, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Hello — thank you for sharing your feedback.

    More research is indeed needed to protect Great White Sharks, and tracking the shark’s life history is an important part of that research. Tracking requires some type of tagging, and while older tags can be harpooned into the Great White, without taking direct control of the shark, they last less than a year and so can’t track the shark through its entire migratory cycle. The newer generation of SPOT tags that Dr. Domeier uses allows the shark to be tracked for 4-6 years, revealing its complete migratory pattern.

    To learn more about this research, please visit the Marine Conservation Science Institute at http://www.marinecsi.org.

    To supplement our coverage of this important work, we answered a number of frequently asked questions (including one regarding the potential impact of temporarily removing the shark from the water so the SPOT tag can be securely attached to its dorsal fin) on the series page. For more answers to FAQs, please visit https://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/expedition-great-white/all/domeier

    The researchers target females at sites and times when they are not pregnant.

  5. greg
    April 19, 2012, 3:34 am

    Stop traumatizing these Great whites they in the water for a reason you say that your way of tagging is better in that you can track it for longer at what cost stressing this species from this technique.