A day with Dr. John Carlson, shark expert

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Dr. John Carlson has been fascinated with the ocean as long as he can remember, as well with as the animals that live in it.

Dr. John Carlson, a world-renowned shark expert who. (WJHG/WECP)

He is a research biologist with NOAA's Shark Population Assessment Group, dedicated to sustaining shark populations in the U.S. Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. He is also one of the world's foremost experts on the sawfish, and his work has directly contributed to the recovery of the species.

"So over the last ten years, the research we've developed and determined how much we didn't know about sawfish and how much we know now has been a huge source of gratitude for myself," said Dr. Carlson.

His next project takes him to a possible manta ray nursery off the coast of Texas.

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