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Tracking Great White Sharks

The Scoop: Follow the Great White Map

Got a phobia of sharks? At least you'll always know if one shark in particular is roaming nearby! The Monterey Bay Aquarium recently released a juvenile great white shark into the wild, after featuring it as part of an exhibit for the past five months. Equipped with a tracking system that gives real-time movements, Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson says this will help them understand mating, feeding, and living habits of the mysterious creatures:

The lives of juvenile white sharks are almost a complete mystery to us. The released shark is now in relatively warm waters about 656 feet deep, but we don't know if it will travel into the Sea of Cortez, where juvenile great whites have been spotted, or if it will travel more southward, where we have less evidence for shark presence.

The SPOT (Smart Position-Only Tag) sensor takes location readings every time the shark pops his dorsal fin above water then relays that data back through satellite. You can get in on the shark-watching action, too. See how when you


What's cool about this particular tracking system is that anyone with an Internet connection can follow along with the shark's movements, as well as several other animals that have been equipped with the SPOT tracking system including seals, sea birds, and sea turtles.

This technology has already helped researchers identify an area in the Pacific Ocean dubbed "The Great White Shark Cafe" between Baja and Hawaii that attracts multiple great whites in the Spring and Summer. An area I know I won't be traveling through this year!


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