Friday, February 22, 2013

Tracking Sharks - Online!

SharkTracker Over the last several years we've learned that the sharks that entertain us in the summer spend their winters off the Florida coast. We've also seen that they are being tagged with GPS transponders so they can be tracked. Well, now we can follow along via the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker, where you can observe the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with this satellite tracking technology. If you go to this link from your smartphone, you can install a 'web-app' that'll allow you to track the sharks from anywhere.
OCEARCH facilitates unprecedented research by supporting leading researchers and institutions seeking to attain important data on the biology and health of sharks, in conjunction with basic research on shark life history and migration.

These last few weeks I've been watching a 3500 pound shark, named Mary Lee, that was originally caught and tagged last September off Chatham. This shark subsequently traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, then north to Nantucket, and now on her way to Bermuda.

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