During this presentation you’ll learn more about the technique that Kukulya’s team uses: The REMUS AUV SharkCam, originally developed for coastal mapping and monitoring, is outfitted with water current profilers, salinity and temperature probes as well as six HD video cameras to give scientists a broad range of data on the animal’s position in the water, as well as its habitat and behavior. During operation a harpoon is used to tag the shark’s dorsal fin with a transponder, while Kukulya and her colleagues quickly launch the REMUS SharkCam. The tag’s transponder communicates with the AUV, allowing it to track the animal up to depths of roughly 600 meters. When the mission is complete, the team sends an acoustic command to the shark tag’s release trigger, which then mechanically releases the tag from the animal, allowing it to float to the surface for retrieval. The SharkCam research vehicle has been featured multiple times on the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week.