Sharks Off Southeast Island

ID: SIA2013-08816

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: February 23, 1963

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 245, Box 221, Folder 16

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Summary

Three sharks swimming in the water off the beach of Southeast Island, Leeward Islands (western part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia.) The image was captured by members of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) Leeward Survey 1 expedition in 1963. The caption found in the album containing the image reads: Sharks of Southeast Island, February 23, 1963.

Subject

Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • This image comes from the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) Leewards Survey 1, which occurred from February to March of 1963. The Leeward Islands are the western part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the South Pacific. The POBSP was initiated in 1962 when the Smithsonian Institution entered into a grant agreement with the Department of Defense. During the period from January 1963 through June 1969, Smithsonian Institution employees undertook biological surveys in an area of the Pacific Ocean spanning the equator and extending from latitude 30 degrees north to 10 degrees south and from longitude 150 degrees to 180 degrees west, an area dotted with clusters of islands and atolls. The major goals of the program were to learn what plants and animals occurred on the islands, the seasonal variations in their numbers and reproductive activities, and the distribution and population of the pelagic birds of that area.
  • The geographic map's latitude and longitude are a point found in the area known as the Leeward Islands. There is no known exact location for this image.
  • For additional images from the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) Leewards Survey 1, see negative numbers SIA2013-08817 and SIA2013-08818.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 245, Box 221, Folder 16

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

February 23, 1963

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Animals
  • Fishes
  • Sharks
  • Bodies of water

Place

  • Unknown
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Leeward Islands Chain

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Animal, candid

ID Number

SIA2013-08816

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4.25w x 3.25h; Type of Image: Animal, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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