Great White Shark Tracked Off Virginia Coast
Scientists have been tracking a tagged Great White shark off the east coast, and she recently made her way down by the Virginia Coast. The shark’s progress can be monitored online, through a very cool website.
To see what the shark is up to, visit http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com .
From there, you can select various filtering options to see what is going on. Zoom into the east coast, then from the Tracking Activity filter, under Show Path, choose “Past Month” and hit the Update button. You will see the track of the animal.
Click on any one of the points and you will get a pop-up that tells you what the name of the shark is that was tracked (via radio transmitter on its dorsal fin) , and the date of the “ping”. This particular shark is named Mary Lee.
On the right side of the screen, click the arrow that brings out more options. On the sharks tab, find Mary Lee and click on the icon to display a profile about that particular shark.
As a fan of the TV show “Shark Men”, it’s very neat to be able to see the technology in action, and available to all of us, not just a few elite marine biologists.