Nonprofit's Mako Shark License Plate Breaks Early Order Record For R.I.

Photo: Courtesy of the Atlantic Shark Institute.

WAKEFIELD, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new mako shark-themed license plate blew Rhode Island's record for early orders out of the water with over 5,000 plates pending for Ocean State commuters.

The plates from the Atlantic Shark Institute in Wakefield each go for $42.50 a pop, with $20 of that cost going towards the nonprofit to fund critical shark research.

"It was designed and painted by noted marine artist Paul McPhee and we think it captures the true essence of the mako shark, the Atlantic Shark Institute and the Ocean State! The plate is available for passenger, combination and commercial plates so you can buy one for every vehicle you own," the ASI said in a Facebook post.

An earlier post from the ASI marked the achievement of surpassing 4,000 plates sold.

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Field season for tagging sharks began this month with the ASI monitoring sharks of different sizes and sexes for several seasons at a time.

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