Dotty is one of the larger females seen at the Island but unlike most sharks her size, she is fiery when interacting with the baits and keeps our handlers on their toes! She is named after the perfect “dot” she has in the centre of her dorsal fin plus many others around her gill formations.
More streamlined than most sharks her size, Dotty is a fast mover in the water and has become a shark some of our team get slightly nervous about when she tuns up!
When the big females arrive they are typically more relaxed and almost lethargic around the baits however when Dotty turns up she is very direct in her approach, coming in hard and hitting the baits with incredible force. Its through these varying personalities that our team has come to know how to interact with each individual shark that visits the boat.
In 2014 Dotty paid us a visit on the last day of one of our trips and as we pulled the cages on board we radioed over to Mauricio Hoyos and the Waterman project who were operating from their boat less than 100 yards away. They where looking for large females to tag and Dotty was a perfect candidate. Our guests watched as two of their team entered the water and bravely tagged Dotty using a spear gun and an acoustic transmitter.