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Beached Shark-Tracking Device Back at Aquarium

November 06, 2003|Lynne Barnes | Times Staff Writer

Despite a monthlong sojourn in the trunk of a Redondo Beach couple's car, a special shark-tracking device and the valuable data stored on it appeared to be in fine shape, a Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman said Wednesday.

The 7-inch, microphone-shaped tag, designed to collect data on sharks' habitat and movements, arrived in Monterey on Wednesday, said spokesman Ken Peterson, adding that the information on it already had been downloaded.

The device, documenting two months in the life of a 5-foot great white shark caught off the Ventura County coast, popped off in late September. The tag was supposed to begin transmitting data as soon as it popped off but stopped when it hit shore. That spurred officials to issue a plea for its return, with the promise of a $500 reward.

On Sept. 30, Case Spencer was walking home from his job at L.A. County's Hyperion wastewater treatment plant when he spotted the device on the sand. The gadget included information on returning it.

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