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Fred Zahradnik

Track Great White Sharks in the Wild

By December 4, 2012

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Shark TrackerAs location technology has become lighter, sturdier, and more powerful, it has become very useful for tracking wildlife. One of the more interesting and easy-to-follow projects is being run by the non-profit OCEARCH ocean research organization. OCEARCH has tagged dozens of sharks around the world with a "smart position and temperature" (SPOT) device that signals its location to satellites each time a fin-tagged shark surfaces. The OCEARCH shark-tracking site lets you plug in simple parameters such as location and time - and even individual sharks by names assigned to them - to see where they have traveled in the planet's oceans. A 16-foot-long, 3,600-pound shark named Mary Lee (tagged shark facts and photos are included on the site), for example, has been swimming in a wide area off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Try a little free shark-tracking, and learn more about the importance of shark's in the ocean ecosystems at OCEARCH. Image OCEARCH

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