Panhandle Native Part Of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

July 2nd, 2015

Hattie Mae and Hart William Young demonstrate their enthusiasm for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Their dad, Panhandle native, Captain Peter Young and fellow fisheries scientist, will appear in Sunday’s evening episode featuring the Mako shark in the Texas Gulf.

Hattie Mae and Hart William Young demonstrate their enthusiasm for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Their dad, Panhandle native, Captain Peter Young and fellow fisheries scientist, will appear in Sunday’s evening episode featuring the Mako shark in the Texas Gulf.

Panhandle graduate Peter Young and fellow fisheries scientist from the Harte Research Institute of Corpus Christi, Texas, are scheduled to appear in a an episode of Shark Week on Discovery. Young is currently a sport fishing boat captain aboard the 59’ Spencer, the “Let it Ride.”

He recently graduated with a Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Mariculture from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he was a graduate student under Dr. Greg Stunz at the Harte Research Institute. Stunz is the chair for the Harte Research Institute’s (HRI) Center for Sportfish Research.

Working in tandem with the HRI, Young and the crew of the Let it Ride took the Discovery Channel film crew on about 10 different offshore excursions. The group was looking to learn more about the speedy and aggressive Mako shark.

The Mako shark is an apex pelagic predator that is highly aggressive and known for leaping out of the water.

Captain Young and crew of the sport fishing boat, Let it Ride.

Captain Young and crew of the sport fishing boat, Let it Ride.

The teams had many Mako encounters and the excursions were considered a great success.

Tune in to the Discovery channel this Sunday at 9 p.m. to catch “Monster Mako” to see Young, Stunz and the crew in action.

Young, a member of the PHS Class of 1999, is the son of Mary Beth and Steve Young of Panhandle. He and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of Hart William and Hattie Mae and they reside in Port Aransas, Texas.