(WTNH) — This Tech Tuesday highlights Shark Week, which has been an annual tradition stemming from Discovery Channel programming every July for thirty years. Shark enthusiasts look forward to the week-long special to learn about the ocean dweller by watching documentaries, movies and specials.
Sharks are both fascinating and scary for humans as a natural predator in the ocean. Many people are curious about whether there are, in fact, sharks off the coast of Connecticut or if they pose a risk to swimmers at local beaches.
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Researchers and scientists from a non-profit organization called OCEARCH have created an app called Shark Tracker which allows users to view information on sharks in real-time on a map. Sharks have been tagged with transmitters which allow for GPS location services to pull into the map. To be tracked using pings from the transmitter, a shark must be at the surface of the water for 90 seconds to register correctly.
Data such as length, weight, stage of life and total travel distance of each of the tagged shark is accessible through individual shark profiles.
One shark, a Great White named Miss Costa, has traveled over 8,000 miles which has been allowing scientists to track habits of pregnant sharks. The shark updates fans with tweets from her adventures on Twitter.