The secret lives of the great white sharks are tracked by a state-of-the-art satellite transmitter, drilled and bolted onto the shark’s dorsal fin.
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Greg Skomal has researched for decades on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod as the state’s top shark scientist for the Division of Marine Fisheries.
Greg Skomal and the crew of the M/V Ocearch implanted an acoustic pinger in Mary Lee (the shark) gut. The same year, they caught and tagged another mature female shark, Lydia.
A year later the displays revealed a true ocean wanderer. Greg Skomal and Simon Thorrold, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution agree that the data transmitted from these two sharks in the past year has been a revelation.
OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators. In a collaborative environment established by Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer, OCEARCH enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education.
OCEARCH is a leader in open source research, sharing data in near-real time for free through the Global Shark Tracker, enabling students and the public to learn alongside PhDs. The Landry’s-developed STEM Education Curriculum, based on the Global Shark Tracker and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), is being launched for grades 6-8 in the fall of 2013 nationwide.