Fishtrack launches Near Real-Time Mako Shark Tracking

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Live map shows the positions of two Shortfin Mako sharks currently being tracked off the California Coast.

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The data we gather will be shared with the researchers at the National Fisheries Service in order to develop a more comprehensive picture of the seasonal movements of these incredible predators.

Fishtrack.com has just released two Shortfin Mako sharks equipped with the latest compact fin-mount satellite transmitters off the California Coast. The data gathered will help scientists better understand the migrations and behaviors of Shortfin Makos in the Eastern Pacific Region.

According to Will James, Fishtrack’s Product Development Manager, “Very little is known about the health of Mako shark stocks in the Eastern Pacific, their behaviors, and migratory patterns. The data we gather will be shared with the researchers at the National Fisheries Service in order to develop a more comprehensive picture of the seasonal movements of these incredible predators.”

Two sharks caught off California’s Channel Islands were released with satellite transmitters programmed to transmit precise latitude/longitude positions every second day. The tags are capable of transmitting data for up to two years any time the sharks are finning on the surface, which in the case of the Shortfin Mako is almost a     daily occurrence. Users may view the sharks’ latest positions on Fishtrack.com’s live tracking page.

Users may view the sharks’ latest positions on Fishtrack.com’s live shark tracking map.

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