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Track Sharks

Want to live track sharks including great whites?

Below are a few sites where you can actually live track sharks and see where they travel.  A variety of sharks have been tagged including tiger sharks and makos, but the most popular appear to be great white sharks.

Before you begin, you should know there are several different tags used in shark tracking.

Related: See how rare shark attacks really are. Keep up to date with global shark attacks on the 2019 Shark Attack Tracking Map

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A SPOT tag on the top of a white shark fin.

One tag in particular, the Smart Position or Temperature Transmitting tag (SPOT), has the unique advantage of displaying a shark’s location each time the tag breaks the water’s surface for 90 seconds or more. SPOT tags are placed directly on the shark’s dorsal fin and transmit the approximate location to satellites. The information is then plotted on tracking maps, where anyone can track sharks to see where they travel.

The information gathered can be used by researchers to understand migration paths, locate possible birthing grounds and may help prevent negative shark encounters.

Update on great white shark Cabot who may have been in Long Island Sound of New Jersey.

 

OCEARCH Global shark tracker includes sharks, turtles and alligators.

We have several articles on the sharks of OCEARCH.

 

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The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Sharktivity Map and App were developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the Cape Cod National Seashore, and officials from Cape Cod and South Shore Towns. These tools provide information on White Shark sightings, detection, movements, and research to raise awareness and help people and White Sharks co-exist peacefully.
App on iTunes and Android

 

University of Miami Shark Research program has a variety of sharks that can be followed online.

 

Dorsal Shark Alerts

The Dorsal shark reporting app pulls reported shark sightings from both official sources and from user reports.

Available on iTunes and Android

 

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Hawaii Tiger Shark Tracker

 

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Guy Harvey Research institute tracking (be sure to click the sharks name to track)

 

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Track shortfin makos off the coast of California.

 

Western Australia shark tracker.

Whale Shark Watch



5 Thoughts to “Track Sharks”

  1. Jay

    Track In Real Time How old is a ping? A ‘Ping’ is determined when the tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite overhead.

    1. Kevin McMurray

      Depends on the which tracker is used and what type of tag. SPOT tags transmit information the quickest. Pop off tags record data until they pop off. Some then need to be recovered while others transmit via satellite. Acoustic tags can also be tracked quickly, but the shark must be near a receiver to ping. The majority of shark tracking sites will list the date of the ping. OCEARCH has flashing shark icons on their map that indicate new pings.

  2. Mary E Sack

    How does one get job pinging sharks? Would love to do that..

    1. Kevin McMurray

      Hi Mary,

      It’s really tough to acquire a paying job with sharks. There are programs where you can tag sharks as part of citizen science programs. Check out https://sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/participate/citizen-science-public-expeditions/ There may also be non-satellite tracked sharks tagging opportunities working with shark anglers who participate in the NOAA Apex Predator Program.

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