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Mr. Brent L. Winner

Associate Research Scientist

St. Petersburg Fish and Wildlife Institute

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St. Petersburg Fish and Wildlife Institute

Background Information

Employment History

Associate Research Scientist

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Marine Biologist

Florida Marine Research Institute


Shark Technical Committee
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission


bachelors' degree


Iowa State University

masters' degree

marine biology

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Web References (37 Total References)

"It's nearly impossible that the ray ... [cached]

"It's nearly impossible that the ray jumped because the boat was coming," says Brent Winner, associate research scientist with the St. Petersburg Fish and Wildlife Institute.

These rays, which are prevalent in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic Ocean, jump out of the water to remove parasites or flee from predators, says Winner.
Luer agrees with Winner about the freakish nature of this accident.
"If this ray was reacting [to the boat] it would have acted long before the boat arrived," says Winner.
Boaters may see them jump, but they can also spot the eagle rays as they swim along the surface."Their pectoral fins come out of the water, and they almost look like two shark dorsal fins side-by-side," says Winner, "except that a shark's dorsal fins will go straight down when it submerges and a ray's will go off to the side."
There can be four or five barbs lodged in the tail at one time, says Winner.Treatment after a sting should begin with cleaning the wound with an antiseptic.Applying heat is important."Hot soapy water â€" about 110 to 115 degrees â€" breaks down the venom and diminishes the effect," says Winner.
The victim should have a doctor remove the barb.If moved around, the spine's serrated teeth may cause trauma to local tissue, increasing the amount of venom in the tissue that's being released, says Winner.
"Antibiotics may be necessary," he says.

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Brent Winner

Brent Winner
Brent L. Winner has been a fisheries scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for over 25 years. He received his bachelors' degree in zoology from Iowa State University and his masters' degree in marine biology, specializing in sharks, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He's caught, studied, and published scientific papers on a variety of Florida fish species including red drum, snook, sheepshead, snapper/grouper species, and sharks and rays.

Marine Connection [cached]

Brent Winner, a shark expert for Florida's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, examined photos of the wounds and said Dunham was most likely attacked by several sharks of different species, but that the largest wound was consistent with a medium-sized tiger shark.

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There is no guaranteed way to avoid an attack, however Brent Winner, scientist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says, "Being familiar with the behavior, biologies and fisheries of the shark can significantly reduce risk."

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Associate research scientist Brent Winner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission likes the idea of dropping the word "attack" when talking about sharks.

"They make good points about how that could be useful for the press," he said.

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