COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - When Doctor Erik Madison isn't running the Emergency Pet Hospital of Collier County, the veterinarian is exploring the open seas with his college buddy, a marine biologist.
"He periodically invites me on research trips with him. so I've gotten to travel to some really cool places with him," said Dr. Madison.
This time, he travaled to Hawaii and Guadulupe Island to study the Great White Sharks.
"He devised some new tags to actually bolt onto their dorsal fin so they're far more reliable but you have to restrain the shark for that," said Madison.
And Doctor Madison said that's when it get's really exciting.
"The sharks were in the 17 foot range that we tagged, about 4000 pounds. We were doing it from a 19 foot boat, and we all use that classic Jaws line, 'We need a bigger boat' because yeah, it got a little dicey."
Madison said it's worth it because their work will help the sharks. These tags will be used to study where Great White Sharks mate and then later give birth.
"No one is really identifying where they're giving birth and it's very important from a conservation stand point to protect those sharks in the water during those months when they're birthing."
Also on board, a crew from the Discovery Channel, filming their hard work for Shark Week, for the show "Spawn of Jaws."
"They're a pretty awesome fish, an awesome top predator, I guess we all get excited about them. All the other sharks are cool, Great Whites are just amazing."
In addition to this help with shark research, during the winter months Dr. Madison works with local agencies to attach radio collars to Florida Panthers.