Scuba divers who are fascinated with sharks will be delighted to discover that there’s an incredible tracking tool online that allows them to pinpoint where sharks are heading and where they’ve been.
The tool is called the Global Shark Tracker. It’s a unique and detailed component of OCEARCH, an organization that’s a recognized world leader in generating scientific data and info related to tracking and studying marine species.
With a focus on conservation outreach and education on a global scale, the Shark Tracker allows online browsers of all interests to effectively “keep tabs” on well over 100 different sharks and other species that cruise through the global waters.
The site is located at http://www.ocearch.org/, and from this initial portal, visitors can:
It’s fascinating stuff, and visitors can garner a world of facts with just a few clicks on individual sharks, tracks, or the different species that are congregating in the open waters.
For example, take Miss Mary Lee. All the sharks have personalized names, like Hunter, or Jacob, or Judy, which makes them easier to identify and follow.
Mary Lee is a female great white shark that was originally tagged in 2012 off the coast of Cape Cod, and who has since made multiple cruises to Florida, the Bahamas, and even the coast of North Carolina.
Weighing 3,456 pounds, Mary Lee is one of the larger sharks in the database and tends to make expeditions that are remarkably close to shore, which includes a recent 2015 trip into the inland Albemarle Sound, just off of the Outer Banks of NC.
The tracking system is also unique because each shark has a detailed profile with photos, statistics, distance traveled, and a little history of how the shark was “Discovered.”
Because each shark has their own unique link and story, shark fans can keep tabs on their favorites, and follow the sharks as they travel for miles every day to new locations around the world.
It’s a fascinating and detailed project that collects roughly 100 data points every second to know each shark’s exact location. It’s also completely addicting once you’ve become attached to a shark or two or even a particular region and want to see all the latest action.
The ambitious project has grown leaps and bounds since first starting just a few years ago, and today thousands of scuba divers, biologists, and just curious web browsers are tracking their favorite open water species.
The project works with donations from shark fans, and visitors are encouraged to donate as needed to ensure the long-term goals of conservation and education can be reached.
Serving as a fascinating way to learn more about the large creatures that share your neighborhood waters, the Shark Tracker will a fun new favorite tool for any underwater explorer or shark aficionado.