Meet Courage, the great white shark paving the way for exploration.
Ocearch’s tracking technology allows researchers to monitor sharks movements throughout the world’s oceans, providing valuable insight into their behavior and their range.
Each shark is tagged with a tracking device that is inserted through their dorsal fin, and whenever they break the surface of the water, a signal is transmitted to a satellite. The satellite then sends back an estimated location of the shark.
Each of these ‘pings’ give researchers an accurate, real time location of a particular shark, allowing them to collect data about each individual.
During the tagging process, tests are done on the shark which determines their species, age, sex, weight, length and stage of life. From the data collected a profile is then setup for the shark on Ocearch’s official tracking website.
This process allows researchers to glean the extent of the shark’s territory, the distance they have covered since their tagging and monitor their behavior.
This information provided educates readers, not only about the current shark population and their behaviour, but also about OCEARCH’s conservation initiative.
Expectedly, each shark displays their own particular habits, which coastlines they prefer and the depth at which the like to swim. It’s interesting to follow a particular individual and see what they get up to, how much distance they cover in comparison to other sharks and whether they prefer shallow or deep waters.
Photo credit: www.ocearch.org.
Species: Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Weight: 375 kg
Length: 3.8 metres
Stage of Life: Mature
Total distance covered: 12816.835 miles
Tag Location: Struisbaai
The aptly named Courage has been a pioneer in exploration ever since he was little. Now a mature adult, he’s got something to say about uncharted waters.
Tagged by Ocearch in 2012, Courage has spent more time “on the road” than almost any of the other sharks from his hometown of Struisbaai. He is revered in his community as a trailblazer; one who explores new frontiers and creates new norms.
A natural trend-setter, Courage was one of the first South African great whites of his generation to explore the unchartered waters off the eastern coast of Madagascar, a notoriously long and arduous journey from the humble coastal waters of the Western Cape coast.
His endearing enterprise and resourcefulness has earned him the coveted nickname of “Courage Columbus” after the famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus who is credited with discovering America.
Courage now hopes to win other sharks to his way of thinking when he makes the long journey back to his home town of Struisbaai towards the end of the year. He won’t be home for long though as he looks to take on another great adventure. The Southern Ocean, he believes, may be his next frontier.
Catch Courage on your next shark cage diving tour but be sure to act quickly because your chance to catch this wiley old veteran may be running out.
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Credit: All data found on www.ocearch.org.