- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) - Researchers are planning a nearly two-week expedition off eastern Long Island to learn more about sharks.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium and an internationally known group called OCEARCH (OH’-surch) are conducting the study. It begins Saturday off Montauk.

The study’s goals are aimed at understanding the ecology, physiology and behavior of sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.

Earlier this year, the WCS’s New York Aquarium discovered that Long Island’s Great South Bay is a nursery for the sand tiger shark. Scientists suspect the waters off Long Island also may serve as a nursery area for the great white shark.

The plan is to tag juvenile white sharks and study their migratory patterns.

This is the first time the M/V OCEARCH vessel will be used in New York.

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