Shark Tracker app shows tagged sharks along the Gulf Coast and around the world

ByLance T. Lee

Jun 7, 2022

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The Shark Tracker tracks a shark’s path and displays information about the animal’s name, sex, size and weight.

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An online platform called Ocearch Shark Tracker locates tagged sharks around the world to track their whereabouts, according to the nonprofit organization’s website. As part of the research effort, Ocearch is teaming up with scientists from the United States and abroad to collect ocean data on shark movements and patterns.

The tagged sharks are tracked using satellite tracking technology with the data cataloged in an online data app, according to the company. The Shark Tracker tracks a shark’s path and displays information about the animal’s name, sex, size and weight. For example, a male mako shark named “Fastball” measuring 8.2 feet long and weighing 215 pounds was tracked near Matagorda Bay on June 4.

The app also details shark journeys, such as when a female mako shark named Sterling, weighing 700 pounds and about 11 feet, was last tracked near San Antonio Bay on May 30 and made the trip from Yucatan, where it was originally located in April. The app compiles the data and displays a specific dated path of locations over a period of time.

To see recent shark locations, visit Shark Tracker’s online data. Additionally, the Ocenarch website posted an online video with additional information about the nonprofit organization’s mission to further scientific exploration and research of the oceans.


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