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After a handful of tests over the first half of the summer, Dr. Andy Nosal from the Birch Aquarium and assistants were able to launch their shark-tracking weather balloon to study the movement patterns of leopard sharks off the coast of La Jolla yesterday morning (August 15).

“This was the first time trying it over the sharks and we saw a bunch,” Nosal tells the Reader. Unfortunately, cloudy skies and a persistent breeze made for less-than-ideal observation conditions.

“We’ll wait for a really hot and windless day (hopefully that will come in Sept and Oct) before trying again,” Nosal said.

Nosal’s team hopes to continue collecting data for the next few months, and will begin their study of shark migration patterns through the video they’ll collect over the winter.

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