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Scientists Use GPS To Monitor Sharks
Being a company headquartered in Southern California, GPS Tracker Shop services a number of clients who enjoy a little rest and relaxation at one of the many popular public beaches in San Diego and Orange County. Soaking up a cool ocean breeze, feeling the warmth of sunshine and having sand beneath your feet is a great way to spend any day, but for many beach goers the experience can be a little scary. The reason for this fear is based on sharks who call the ocean their home. However, a team of scientists that formed a group known as Ocearch plan on changing that by monitoring the aquatic animals with GPS tracking devices to further human education about sharks.
The first phase of the project, according to Ocreach procedure, involves catching, tagging and monitoring sharks. The researchers give themselves no more than 15 minutes to catch a great white, perform physical tests, geo-tag and then set the animal free back into the ocean. This advanced method of GPS tracking will in theory offer ground-breaking data that will map navigational patterns of the great white sharks. With the GPS tracker device surgically placed into the dorsal fin of the shark the research team will be able to monitor with precise detail any location a geo-tagged shark swims all across the globe! This GPS data showing shark movements will then be accessible online for both researchers and the general public via the Ocreach Global Shark Tracker.
Currently, the research team has roughly 40 great white sharks being monitored in real-time through the use of GPS tracking devices.
Ocreach was created by a man named Chris Fischer who gained notoriety from a popular television show featured on the History Channel called "Shark Wranglers". Fischer has dedicated his life to learning more about the great white sharks so many people fear. He believes that through his research people will better understand and no longer be scared of the most feared predators lurking in the ocean. Fischer goes onto explain that researchers really do not even know what normal shark behavior is, and that hopefully through the process of GPS tracking and mapping navigational patterns scientists can unlock many mysteries.
Shark Tracker Online Platform
Available to the public for viewing, Shark Tracker uses a color coding system to show when the location of a great white was last reported. For example, if a user accessed the online mapping program and saw a orange dot in the ocean that means that the shark was in that particular position less than 72 hours ago. Green dots note that the shark was at that particular location less than 30 days. The last color code is blue which references a shark position that is older than 30 days. The GPS tracking data has already shown that some sharks will swim along the coastline in close proximity to people but without any incident of attack. This is evidence that clearly sharks have no interest in attacking humans, and that many people's fears of shark attacks are simply unsubstantiated.
Website traffic analysis has determined that over one million individuals per month view the website where GPS tracking locational data of sharks is constantly being updated. To view real-time GPS locational data of sharks please feel free to visit the Shark Tracker website.
Nobody knows if sharks are moving closer to land more now than before, but hopefully through this new research scientists can better understand shark behavior and shark navigational paths. This could be a very important first step to, as George W. Bush once elegantly stated "humans and fish coexist[ing] in peace."