Sharks are endlessly fascinating. They can be terrifying, although our fear is mostly unfounded. We’ve studied them for decades, and there’s still so much about them we don’t know. How they navigate? How many species of sharks are there, really? How can we properly measure their intelligence? So many unanswered questions, so little time. But there’s at least one way to get a few answers: a shark tracker app created by OCEARCH.
OCEARCH, a “data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean”, created the app so that interested users can stay up to date with their favorite sharks in real-time on any mobile device. This morning at 6:31 a.m., for example, an eight-foot Mako named Fast Ball was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, right near the Mexican border a stone’s throw from Brownsville, Texas. And it’s clear from the comments that there are more than a few very interested users — the sharks have super fans.