Shark tagged in Chile appears in New Zealand after 415 days

SANTIAGO – A blue shark, of oceanic and migratory customs, honored its characteristics and a specimen marked in Chile on March 23, 2016 appeared in New Zealand on May 12, 2017.

The Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) of Chile detailed that the specimen of the shark also known as azulejo or tintorera, made a journey of more than 8,000 kilometers in about 415 days.

This is possibly the most stylized shark, with a long conical snout, with an average length of 2.5 meters and 80 kilos in weight. However, this long-time breath swimmer is actually a relatively small female.

Dr. Patricia Zárate, director of the Highly Migratory Resources Monitoring Project, noted that this little shark has connected the two ends of the Pacific Ocean.

She stressed the importance of international scientific collaboration and cooperation, adding, recalling that the specimen was marked at about 60 kilometers off the coast of Salinas de Pullally in the region of Valparaiso and appeared in New Zealand.

“This new information is very important for the scientific community, it has been proved the enormous capacity of displacement that these sharks have,” Dr. Zárate added.