DATE:  March 11, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. David McKee 361.825.2676; Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Marine Scientists to Perform Necropsy on Thresher Shark Stranded on Mustang Island

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WHO: Marine Scientists and Students from the College of Science and Technology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
WHAT: Necropsy of Thresher Shark Stranded on Mustang Island
WHEN: Thursday, March 13, beginning at 1 p.m. - Best Media Opportunities: From 1:30-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Center for the Sciences, Auto Bay

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi scientists will perform a necropsy on a thresher shark Thursday, March 13, from 1-4 p.m. at the auto bay outside the Center for the Sciences.

The body of the almost 9-foot shark was found on Mustang Island in late February and has been stored in a freezer since that time. The necropsy gives University scientists an opportunity to educate their students and attract new students to the marine sciences.

The thresher is a strong swimmer that can leap clear of the water and often swims at the surface of coastal waters in all warm and temperate areas of the worlds oceans. It is easily identifiable by its large upper caudal fin which is often 50 percent of the total length of the shark. The average thresher shark is about 10-15 feet in length and, because if its small jaws, sometimes uses its tail as a whip to stun or kill prey.