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Shark Research Continues off the Coast of Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Capt. Mark Sampson gathers research on sharks off the coast of Ocean City every day. 

Whether he is tagging them, gathering DNA or giving them injections, Sampson continues to collect data about sharks for researchers throughout the United States. Researching sharks has become a hobby Sampson has come to love.

"There's so many different species of sharks. They come in all sizes and they all react differently even within a given species. Sometimes you have one that fights like crazy and another one that's a real pussy cat. So, that's interesting just having hands on with these big animals," Sampson said.

On Wednesday, WBOC's Nicole Lauren went out with Sampson and caught six sharks 5 miles off the shore of Assateague.

Sampson only tagged two of the six, which were both sand tiger sharks.

"With doing procedures and getting some data from the sharks that we catch for a number of different researchers. Some of them are in Florida, some of them are in Silver Springs, some are in Rhode Island. So between the tagging, the measuring the collecting of the DNA samples, the injecting....all of them ask for something," Sampson said.

However, Sampson's not doing all of this work alone. With help from Nate Lang for the past two years, both fishermen take pride in getting to know these fascinating creatures every single day.

Lang said, "Every day is different. We go out there and you can expect a different sunrise, different waters, different fish. It's always an adventure when we go out there. It's really fun to be a part of."

After the sharks are tagged, or caught, they are let back into the ocean. Sampson also said the ones with tags can keep them for the rest of their lives.

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