Smile: A tiger shark swims in for a photograph off Challenger Banks, Bermuda. *Photo by Chris Burville
Smile: A tiger shark swims in for a photograph off Challenger Banks, Bermuda. *Photo by Chris Burville

WEDNESDAY, JAN 30: A fully grown tiger shark attempting to eat one of its kind is just one of the exciting new tales the Bermuda Shark Project will share as part of Bermuda College’s Science Week.

Choy Aming and Dr Neil Burnie will be releasing the dramatic footage of Harry Lindo, the cannibal shark, tonight at the college and will also release their latest data from the satellite tags they use to track tiger sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Division of Liberal Arts at the college will be hosting the public forum tonight in the North Hall from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Aming recalled the adventure that took place in the summer of this year: “Someone was pulling up a baby tiger and then this other adult shark just appeared out of nowhere.

“One of the fisherman got the footage on a GoPro and when he sent it to us later we stopped it and saw that it had our tag on it. We figured out it was Harry Lindo — we hadn’t seen him in a while — we didn’t know he was around. He tried to eat the baby tiger whole — it was four or five feet long but it was skinny, it wasn’t successful because the shark was on a hook. The baby was killed in the end, not because it was eaten, but because of the trauma. That is their natural behaviour.”

New faces

Aming said that he hopes that this latest public lecture on Wednesday will attract some new faces.

“We can preach to the choir but I would love to see people that I have never seen before come to the talk,” he said.

“We will give a few minutes of background information for the new people in the audience.

“We have a lot more track information — and we have got a lot of information about juveniles which is completely different from adult information so we are excited about that. They are drawing very clear cut lines which makes my life easier.

“We have some specific point to point distances for some of the older sharks now and the distances are enormous — we didn’t expect that. We will save that for the talk. They’ve covered a lot of distance.”

Aming and Dr Burnie will be touring local schools to give the same presentation throughout the week. They will visit Whitney Institute, MSA and Francis Patton, while CedarBridge Academy will take a trip to Bermuda College on Thursday to hear the talk there.

Bermuda College is hosting its second annual Science Week and aims to explore the full scope of the sciences. The Divisions of Business Administration and Hospitality and Applied Science and Technology will hold public events on Thursday, January 31.

For more information about Science Week visit www.bercol.bm and for more information about the Bermuda Shark Project visit their Facebook page.

The Tiger Shark talk takes place at the Bermuda College’s North Hall Lecture Theatre from 6:30pm to 8pm. The lecture is free.