Toby Daly-Engel talks genetics in ‘Shark Attack Files’
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Tech shark biologist Toby Daly-Engel once again graces our televisions as she appears in National Geographic’s 2022 SharkFest series, “Shark Attack Files.”
Daly-Engel, who created and directs Florida Tech’s Shark Conservation Laboratory, conducts research using a combination of genomics, field ecology and modeling to study shark mating systems and use habitat, as well as the impacts of climate change on shark populations.
She has appeared on SharkFest and Discovery’s Shark Week programming several times, most recently last year when she appeared on three programs on both networks.
His last appearance is in “Shark Attack Files”. This eight-part SharkFest series that started this week uses state-of-the-art tools to investigate many aspects of shark attacks around the world.
“Images of actual attacks, shark interactions, or bizarre behavior (both professional and user-generated) kickstart each mystery. Our investigation then leads us to new attacks and news footage, and the more we dig, the more we discover.
“In the end, what started out as a mystery becomes multiple events that lead to one stunning revelation,” according to National Geographic.
The synopsis: “The waters of the city are filled with hungry sharks ready to meet the locals. A global group of scientists is studying what drives these predators to our metropolitan neighborhoods. Their findings reveal alarming truths about city sharks…and that they may have been here all along.
She appears beginning around 37 minutes into the hour-long program, discussing her work as a geneticist.
“What we see from shark DNA is that there are connections between sharks that you wouldn’t expect,” she says on camera. “One of the things my research has revealed is that not only do these animals return to the same areas over and over and over again, but they do so generation after generation.”
This could indicate that sharks inherit a “genetic roadmap” that leads them to urban areas with waterways, which in turn leads to the occasional shark attacks that the show focuses on.
“Shark Attack Files” episodes are available for online viewing through television and cable providers at www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/shows/shark-attack-files.
SharkFest 2022’s global lineup features a “treasure trove of new, original content that delves into the details of over 15 different shark species and features imagery from around the world, including the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Australia, Hawaii , South Africa, the Maldives, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, and more,” according to the network.
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