Ocearch: Now You Can Track Sharks Online In Real Time
Lydia is the first known great white shark to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. This 14-foot, 2,000-pound great white shark was tagged by Ocearch in Jacksonville, FL and has since been tracked to be close to Ireland in the past 24 hours. She has covered approximately 19,400 miles so far! Though it is unknown if this is a standard journey for a shark, we will soon find out as more sharks are tracked. Ocearch currently tracks over 50 sharks. Spot tracking also helps us to realize just how extraordinary this species is, that they know no boundaries and that they are worth protecting.
“Lydia’s remarkable trans-ocean journey reminds us that no one locality, state or nation owns these remarkable migrators of the sea. If we are to save the sharks, we have an obligation not only to protect them in our waters, but also to work with other countries towards global conservation of sharks.”
-Bob Hueter, Ph.D. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (Ocearch Facebook Page)
Ocearch is a non-profit organization with a global reach, dedicated to research on great white sharks and other large apex predators. This organization “enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education” (Ocearch.org). Research expeditions are conducted worldwide, and Ocearch has been involved with over 50 researchers from 20 different institutions to produce dozens of published papers. The non-profit allows for students and the public in general to learn more about oceanic life as PhDs learn. In addition to their online shark tracker, Ocearch has helped inspire an education program based on the Global Shark Tracker and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which launched nationwide for grades 6-8 in the fall of 2013.
See the humane tagging process here:
Where Lydia will go next is yet to be seen. You can follow Lydia’s journey using the Shark Tracker, get periodic updates on Facebook, or follow live updates from Chris Fischer, who is leading the expedition, on Twitter.