Birches Students Name a Male Blue Shark MERLIN!

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On November 17, 2017, Camrin Braun, an MIT graduate student working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, came to discuss his scientific research on sharks. The students were particularly interested in how Camrin tracks sharks. Then, last week, Camrin wrote that he had recently tagged several sharks and invited Birches students to name a male blue shark. After vigorous discussion about a number of proposed names, students voted on the name "Merlin." Students selected this name because Merlin is the name of a legendary wizard who helped save a magical kingdom. Birches students want their shark Merlin to symbolize our mission to help save the ocean kingdom.

The mobile app where you can track Merlin, the Birches Blue Shark, is: