Imagine being able to know when to get out of the water and back on to the beach when sharks are in the area. It turns out scientists have been working to accurately track sharks and have an ambitious project that allows anyone to track the movements of 47 sharks in real-time off the U.S. East Coast.
A part of a team calling themselves OCEARCH, these scientists have worked hard to find and tag sharks with an array of sensors to accurately track their position. This data is then fed into the OCEARCH Global Tracker, which updates the sharks’ location as a dot on a map.
You can click on any of the dots to find the shark’s name, a picture, plus details on physical attributes such as size, gender, weight and more. According to marine biologist Nick Whitney, the program collects around 100 data points each second (8.5 million per day).
Not only does this program help scientists understand migratory behavior of sharks, it’s already been used in Florida to alert authorities of a 16-foot 3,456-pound great white, named Mary Lee, swimming uncomfortably close to shore near populated beaches.
As the database grows and tracking technology improves, we are close to being able to go to the beach and not worry about Jaws!
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