Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Great Marlin Race
I know, I know. This is a bit off-topic. But the Tag A Giant science team has a long history of tagging all kinds of cool animals. (In fact, Barb put out the very first electronic tag went out on a billfish!) This week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT), we are launching the Great Marlin Race! Up to 10 teams will have a chance to tag Pacific blue marlins with pop-up satellite archival tags -- and after 180 days, when the tags are programmed to be released, we'll learn whose fish went the furthest!
You can follow the action on a brand new web site (http://www.greatmarlinrace.org/). George Shillinger, a Block Lab Ph.D. student any me will be reporting each day, sending back photos and videos of the race as it unfolds. You can also follow along on our Great Marlin Race blog. Some of the features and functions you'll see there might also show up on the TAG website, and we'd love to get your feedback!
Off to the races!