Meet Maddox, the great white shark making a name for himself as a swimmer.
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: 952 kg
Length: 4.2 metres
Stage of Life: Immature
Total distance covered: 9238.960 miles
Tag Location: Gansbaai
An exceptional swimmer since childhood, Maddox has made a name for himself off the coast of Mozambique since winning the regional great white Swimming Championships held in the prestigious Flamingo Bay waters in late 2016.
His brilliant performances have seen him invited to the annual great white Southern African Championships in Gansbaai, where he will come up against the best white sharks from South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
Maddox is recognized as one of the best swimmers of his generation and the media presence in Gansbaai is expected to be at fever pitch upon his arrival for his cold water training. This is an essential part of his preparation for the championships. Being a warm water local from Mozambique, acclimating to the conditions is key if Maddox is going live up to expectation and take the title.
Should he win, Maddox will take part in the World Championships to be held in California in 2018 where he will come up against some of the fastest great whites in the world. Great white shark tours offer a brilliant opportunity to witness these sharks’ athletic movements through the water.
Catch Maddox as he looks to continue his impressive career on your next shark cage diving trip, book your shark trip today!
Credit: All data found on www.ocearch.org.