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How many sharks are off the Outer Banks? We might not know about as many because of the coronavirus

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The coronavirus quarantine will likely prevent some research and tagging of marine animals this spring and summer, meaning scientists may know less about sharks and whales in the coming years.

To obey social distancing orders, marine biologists have canceled expeditions and pared down their responses to beached whales. Instead of the normal contingent of a dozen or more assistants and volunteers researching the deaths, only one or two scientists will go out.

It means less data collection and fewer samples in 2020.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see a lot of projects cancelled this summer,” said Charles Bangley, postdoctoral fellow for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

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