Top 5 Facts about Ocearch Shark Tracking

Photo credit: www.ocearch.org. Myths and false criticisms have been doing its rounds, creating misconceptions about shark tagging and research tracking. Let’s debunk the myths of shark tracking with these important facts. Tagging does not cause sharks pain Sensory receptors, known as nociceptors, that are responsible for feeling pain in humans are not present in sharks. Many of the tags are attached to the shark fins, which don’t have a nerve supply….

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How Humans are Polluting the Ocean

A whale shark swimming past a plastic bag. Effects of plastic on marine life

One of the most mysterious and diverse places on earth, the majority of the ocean has yet to be explored. Unfortunately, the ocean is being threatened by pollution – mostly caused by humans. While we cannot control natural causes such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the impact of human pollution is increasing, but there are many ways we can push back and reduce our impact on the ocean. First, it’s important…

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Sharks Gain International Protection

Shark conservation. Shark protection. Shark conservation campaigns

Conservation efforts for sharks took a strong turn for the better this October, thanks to the United Nations-backed Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild (CMS). Convening in Manila, the Convention secured a pact signed by 126 countries, that’s designed to provide cross-protections to migratory animals – both on land and at sea. Let’s look a bit closer at the results of the convention, and the organisation behind…

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Meet Dorien, the One-Time Wanderer

Dorien, the great white shark tagged for shark tracking, research and conservation efforts in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Ocearch’s tracking technology allows researchers to monitor shark’s movements throughout the world’s oceans, providing valuable insight into their behavior and their range. Today, we’d like to introduce one of these sharks: Dorien. Dorien’s profile Photo credit: www.ocearch.org. Species: White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Gender: Female Stage of Life: Immature Length:  3 meters Weight: 351.5 kg Tag Date: Mar 21, 2012 Tag Location: Mossel Bay Total Travel: 6 563 km Dorien, a female great white shark, is a…

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Plastic and Marine Life

A whale shark swimming past a plastic bag. Effects of plastic on marine life

We all know that our trash, specifically plastic, which takes a very long time to biodegrade – the average time it takes for a bottle to completely decompose is 450 years, while some bottles can even take 1000 years! – is harmful to our environment. But, what many of us don’t know is how it affects other species, especially marine life. There is so much trash, in fact, that there…

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