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East Carolina University

Scientists use bait and hooks to explore the lives of sharks

BEAUFORT, N.C. Storm clouds thickened on the horizon, thunder rumbled, close and ominous, and the shark was loose and thrashing on the bottom of the boat. "Watch your feet!" cautioned Samantha Ehnert, a graduate student from the University of North Florida. Chuck Bangley, a graduate student at East Carolina University, grabbed the 3 1/2-foot blacknose shark by the tail and head and turned it over. Bangley and Ehnert held the shark against a measuring board while Madeline Heater, an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, hovered nearby taking notes. "It's a girl!" Bangley announced. Bangley and colleagues have spent the better part of the last two...