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Like many elasmobranchs, the shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus is vulnerable to fishing pressure because of its life-history characteristics Hoenig and Gruber, ; Stevens, ; Semba et al.
It is an endothermic species, with one of the highest metabolic rates recorded for any pelagic shark; this implies a high aerobic scope that could be an advantage when dealing with physiological disturbances Sepulveda et al. The shortfin mako shark is a popular target species for game fishers and a substantial portion of the bycatch in commercial longline fisheries targeting tuna and billfish Stevens, A controversial political debate around the protection of the species in Australia resulted in the shortfin mako shark remaining available to be targeted by recreational anglers only, under the assumption that most of the sharks are released and that populations remain minimally impacted by the fishery.
There is, however, little information on post-release survival rates for recreationally caught shortfin mako sharks, and thus uncertainty as to the efficacy of the current management strategy. In many instances, angling mortality can be linked to physical injuries associated with the gear used and the handling of the animal Muoneke and Childress, ; Cooke and Hogle, ; Cooke and Suski, ; Bartholomew and Bohnsack, ; Campana et al. Capture-related physiological disruptions exceeding a fish's ability to return to homeostasis can also result in mortality of released individuals Kieffer, ; Moyes et al.
Additionally, physiological disruptions can influence the behaviour of released fish, resulting in increased vulnerability to predation during the recovery period Brownscombe et al. Physiological responses to stressors can be observed through changes in blood chemistry, and it has been observed that the magnitude of the stress response in sharks and other fishes can be linked to environmental factors, such as water temperature Kieffer et al.
Changes in plasma ion concentrations can also result from lacticacidosis and drive cellular fluid shifts that result in haemoconcentration and disruptions to osmotic homeostasis Skomal and Mandelman, A cellular stress response involving heat shock proteins HSPs may also be present if cellular proteins are negatively impacted by the stress Roberts et al. Recovery from these impacts is an aerobic process fuelled partly by the oxidation of ketones Richards et al. Therefore, in understanding the implications of capture on subsequent survival it is necessary to screen for a suite of physiological and cellular markers Skomal, Post-release survival itself can be problematic to assess, particularly in large migratory species, where controlled experiments are not possible and conventional tag recapture studies may be limited by dispersal Moyes et al.
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Satellite tags are one way of addressing survivorship in large migratory animals Graves et al. The recent development of specialized survivorship tags provides researchers with a more cost-effective solution to this problem Hutchinson et al. This study aimed to quantify the post-release survival rate for recreationally caught shortfin mako sharks, with consideration of the nature and magnitude of the physiological response to capture.
Given the high metabolic rate and aerobic scope associated with this species' thermal strategy, we hypothesized a high post-release survival rate that is independent of the level of physiological stress experienced during recreational capture.
Sharks were attracted to the boat using chum and offered a baited hook once sighted.
Contents [ show ] Season 1 In the beginning, Zac is the typical, perhaps just above average teenage boy, growing up on the Gold Coast. He's good looking, popular at school, he has a long term girlfriend, parents who let him do what he likes, is sporty, gets good grades, and everyone knows him well. His seemingly perfect life is shattered the night he fell into the Moon Pool. He discovers that he has magical powers over water and whenever he comes in contact with water, he grows a long, blue merman tail.
Cam, his best friend, is the first person he tells. Cam quickly becomes fascinated with Zac's abilities, but as Zac's ego grows and he starts to view himself as better than everyone else, Cam's interest and motivation to support his friend turns to intense jealousy.
This is soon accompanied by intense resentment when the negative aspects of being a merman begin to take their toll on Zac. As it becomes harder for Zac to keep his secret, it becomes harder for Cam to help him, and Zac begins taking his frustration out on him. When things hit rock bottom with Cam, LylaSirenaand Nixie learn of Zac's powers and Zac finds a new support network. While trying to find answers on how he became a merman, Zac learns the existence of a powerful artifact called the Trident and comes to believe he is destined to possess it.
As the Mermaids continue to offer their "support" it is Lyla that Zac feels most comfortable confiding in, causing problems with his girlfriend, Eviewho later breaks up with him.
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This all changes when Zac discovers that Lyla and the others have been mermaids the whole time and try to take the Trident from him as he attempts to claim it. Feeling used and betrayed, Zac denounces the mermaids as his enemies, vowing to gain possession of the Trident and reek vengeance on them. The battlelines are drawn. However, because of their shared secret, there are times where Zac has to begrudgingly work together with the mermaids to protect their secret.
Through the second half of season 1, Zac battles with Lyla, Nixie and Sirena for possession of the Trident. During this time, he displayed a great deal of resourcefulness such as in "The Trident Job" where he is able to outsmart the mermaids and gain possession of the trident.
Because of this, and later the sheer power of the trident, Zac's confrontations with his newly declared nemeses have mostly ended in his victory.
However, the mermaids finally succeed in getting the Trident from Zac and Lyla is able to hide it in "Aquata Returns". This defeat for Zac soon proves short-lived. Zac finds the trident where Lyla hid it and they fight for it underwater, resulting in Lyla being knocked unconscious.
This turn of events shocks Zac and he realizes his mistake of trying to get the trident. Later learns it will destroy the Moon Pool forever if it is taken there during a full moon, so he locks it away in the chamber once again after helping Lyla recover.
Their friendship restored, Lyla is again the one he confides in the most, but it never goes anywhere as Zac is too in love with Evie to return Lyla's feelings.
Lyla and Zac continue as friends and she eventually accepts that their relationship must remain platonic Following this, Zac decides to grant the girl's request to give up his powers since it hurts him to have to lie to Evie. At the end of series one, Evie learns Zac's secret and Cam betrays him by attempting to go to the Moon Pool on a full moon with the trident. With his help, the mermaids are able to stop Cam and he breaks the trident.
In the aftermath of it all, being in the Moon Pool under a full moon did not remove Zac's powers. Despite his broken friendship with Cam - Zac is relieved he finally can have the mermaids as friends without trouble from Evie, who accepts the girls when she realizes how untrusting she was of them. Season 1 ends with the 3 mermaids and the merman diving into the ocean and swimming into the distance.
Season 2 In season 2, things seem to be going perfect for Zac at first. Despite losing a friend in Cam, he is now completely happy being a merman since he no longer has to lie to his girlfriend Evie.
Soon however, things in his life get complicated upon the arrival of the seventh full moon since Zac became a merman and two new mermaids Ondina and Mimmi.
This duo of mermaids intend to finish what Sirena began and they don't plan on giving Zac a choice in the matter. There are also more complications with Zac's growing connection to Mako.
This includes his discovery of an ancient Merman Chamber which also attracts Erik's interest.
Zac awakens it by moving his hand over a rock with glowing symbols, which include a moonrise, an island, a full moon, the moon pool, and a trident. It becomes apparent that Zac is the only one capable of controlling the chamber and he becomes determined to find out it's purpose and why he is connected to it. Another situation arises when he finds out that Erik is actually a merman. He begins to get along with him by swimming together and doing stuff together as mermen.
Also in this season, Evie becomes a mermaid. At first Zac is eager to help her, even take her out swimming, but the mystery of the chamber and the power growing inside, draws him away from her in the most important situations.
Evie becomes anxious as to why he is suddenly seeing visions and having to leave in important situation, but it is revealed that it is not the island at all, but his connection to Mimmi, who is actually his long lost sister. Zac learns that he was actually born a merman and that he is the son of Nerissa, the most powerful mermaid to ever exist.
It turns out that when Zac fell into the moon pool, it broke a spell he was under cast by Nerissa that prevented him from getting a tail whenever he touched water so instead of transforming, he returned to normal. This revelation is all just to much for Zac and he begins pushing those close to him away as a result, overwhelmed by the fact that his whole life has been a lie.
Eventually, he learns to accept who he really is after Mimmi reminds him that he has a family who cares for him. After his parents tell him the story of how they found him on the beach as a baby and adopted him, they assure him that they always considered him their real son.
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Zac then realizes that whether he is a land boy or a merman, he was meant to be with the Blakely's and that he is surrounded by people who care about him and that is all he really needs to know to be happy. He then reconciles with all the people he cares about, including Cam and accepts Mimmi as his sister. Following this, Zac and his newfound sister are shown to develop a very strong bond throughout the second half of season 2. Both of them are shown to be extremely caring and protective of each other.
At some point off screen, Zac and Mimmi take a photograph together which Zac treasures. Throughout the second half of season 2, Zac's curiosity of the chamber grows and he continues to seek it's purpose, while at the same time wanting to make certain that Mimmi and all mermaids are safe. He later finds out from Rita that he and Mimmi are descendants of the merman that built the chamber and that he refused to activate it after falling in love with a mermaid.
This causes Zac to have second thoughts about trying to activate the chamber.
He and the others would eventually discover however, that typing in the code is only the first step to starting the chamber and that the trident must be placed within it. Since Zac already destroyed it, all seems well at first until Erik deduces that the stone that acted as the heart of its power is what starts the chamber instead of the trident by itself.
After learning from Sirena that she hid the stone at Rita's following the trident's destruction, he accidentally activates it again when he touches it due to his stronger connection to Mako.
He resolves to hide it, but this proves harder then expected when the stone urges him to use it and Erik finds out he has it. A bitter confrontation erupts between the two mermen as Erik insists that the chamber has more purpose then destroying mermaids and demands custody of the stone.
Zac refuses to hand it over and Erik nearly gets into a brawl with him over it until they are interrupted by Evie's dad. Realizing the stone is not safe with him, Zac decides to entrust it to Cam.
Although Evie is worried about what Cam will do with it, Zac has complete faith in his best friend and Cam proves his trustworthiness when he hides the stone and turns on Erik despite him promising him a merman tail if he agrees to help him get the stone.
Unfortunately, Erik still able to get the stone after successfully deducing that is at Rita's. Zac and Mimmi then confront him but the stone drains Zac of his magic allowing him to start the chamber. Now powerless, Zac seemingly loses all hope of stopping Erik, but he musters courage after he is encouraged by Cam, Evie and Mimmi. Zac follows Erik to the chamber and attempts to stop him from activating it.
However, Zac is no match for Erik without his magic and he is soon shaken off and tossed aside. When Erik activates the chamber and it begins to kill the mermaids, Zac bravely attempts the grab the stone and deactivate it. He is successful, but seemingly at the cost of his own life. Zac's sacrifice proves unbearable for the mermaids and they are all overcome with grief, especially Evie and Mimmi who cry strongly over his apparent death while Ondina and Sirena watch in sorrow.
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However, Mimmi is able to use the stone to restore Zac's life and his powers, to everyone's great relief. Zac's heroic actions earn him Veridia's trust and praise and he is made an honorary member of the pod along with Evie.
He then greets the pod with the rest of the gang, happy that they no longer fear him and have accepted him as a friend. Season 3 In season 3, Zac's life remains the same from where it left off.
He continues his life on the Gold Coast now fully accepting of his true origins in the sea. He also still frequently spends time with his girlfriend Evie and best friend Cam, who he has completely made amends with. In addition, he is also frequently visited by his mermaid friends excluding Sirena who has went on a vacation with her sisterincluding his older sister Mimmi who he is seen playfully poking during one of said visits. Although he does not take part in mermaid only activities such as the full moon ceremonies, he is no longer feared by the Mako pod and considered an equal member.
Some of the younger mermaids in the pod that would become Ondina's students even express a keen interest in finding out what he is like. Later, Zac would be introduced to a new mermaid from China named Weilan, who is friendly to him despite the previous history between mermaids and mermen. Zac and the mermaids now peaceful life would turn upside down one night as he and Cam prepare to have a card night while the mermaids leaves for the full moon ceremony.
As they are about to play, Zac is suddenly startled when he has a vision warning him that Mimmi is face to face with a massive water dragon. After rushing to help her and the others, Zac and the mermaids learn from Weilan that the dragon has the ability to take away a mermaids powers with it's cold fire breath.
The merpeople group then dedicate most of the season trying to figure out a way to defeat the dragon. During the first half of season 3, Zac does his best to support Evie as she learns to master her moon ring and learn more about mermaid life.
However, he cannot help but feel a little bit neglected because of this, something that he is only barely able keep out of her notice. His grades are shown to have dropped dramatically since he no longer gets to study with Evie like he used to. This causes Zac to find strong companionship in Weilan, who is having difficulty connecting with Ondina. With both of them having lived most of their lives on land despite their origins in the sea and having a mutual understanding of what it's like to be on Ondina's bad side, the two of them quickly become very good friends.
They also become classmates when Weilan enrolls at his school. After hearing about Zac' struggles, Weilan happily offers to tutor him in place of Evie but the study sessions do not lock in. Things soon go awry when Weilan mentions a knowledge transference spell and Zac begs her to use it on him.
The spell works later on, but also causes them to slowly swap bodies. With help from Ondina and Mimmi, the spell is reversed and both Zac and Weilan are restored to their normal selves. Later, Zac has an idea of his own to defeat the water dragon after learning of Weilan's ability to use a powerful eastern spell called "Turn the Tide" which redirects any magic aimed at the spell caster back to its source.
Confident that he can save the pod again like he did in the previous season, Zac believes that if he were to learn the spell, he could use it to redirect the dragon's cold fire breath without risk of losing his powers since he is a merman.
After sharing this thought with Weilan, she decides that he has a point and agrees to try to teach him. Both of them also agree that no one else must know what they are doing, especially Mimmi and Evie, or they would surely try to stop him.