Many of us absolutely love marine life and the ocean but are stuck admiring it miles away from the nearest shore.
Fortunately, the internet has made it easier than ever to learn more about the sea while keeping up with the many different creatures that call it home.
For over a decade, the OCEARCH Shark Tracker has tagged hundreds of animals with geo-trackers to monitor their behavior and environment, sharing the information on a live dashboard for ocean enthusiasts. The site received a bump in traffic and downloads of its app thanks to a viral tweet in mid-July:
I downloaded this shark tracker and I’m obsessed.
You can even comment on the sharks and the comments have me CRYING pic.twitter.com/d5AwkpjQHd
— Nat (@NanoPierogi) July 14, 2021
In addition to sharks, the tracker has tagged turtles, swordfish, and seals along with a host of other creatures.
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Fans can read up on “travel logs” of each animal, as well as information on their age and species. Updates come in the form of a “ping” from the geo-tracker and are eagerly awaited by conservationists and enthusiasts who greet each ping with supportive and loving comments.
The community around OCEARCH is united in their appreciation for the uniqueness of each creature and loves to shower them with enthusiastic praise.
“Just keep swimmin, just keep swimmin,” commented Jana R. on a shark named Andrea’s recent ping, a reference to Disney’s Finding Nemo.
“I LOVE U PLEASE DONT EAT KATE,” another added. Overall, the community on OCEARCH is all about celebrating animals from around the world and being happy that they’re thriving.
Some critics noted that OCEARCH is sponsored in part by SeaWorld, the controversial aquatic entertainment company that has been implicated in animal abuse and rights violations.
Fortunately, however, OCEARCH is a separate entity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that benefits from partnerships with a variety of companies but does not have shareholders or investors that compromise its goals of “[accelerating] the ocean’s return to balance and abundance, through fearless innovations in scientific research, education, outreach, and policy, using unique collaborations of individuals and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.”Whizzco