Friday, December 10, 2021

Ocearch Rules Mightily!


I was recently on Twitter and saw several tweets humorously commenting  about the massing of Great White sharks on the East Coast.  Finally, someone who knew something added that this was a natural pattern of this apex predator and not to panic.

Whew! I was thinking sharknado, or AI-controlled drone sharks, or the sharks becoming unionized.

The source for much of this ballyhoo was the website Ocearch. They tag substantial ocean critters and show where they roam. One can click on an icon, learn the size and type of animal and see a travel log, which includes when it was tagged and how many miles it had traveled. Such creatures include White Sharks, Pilot Whales, Whale Sharks, Tiger Sharks, and Broadbill Swordfish.

Also, the animals are given names.

For whatever reason this is an East Coast thing as there were few tagged animals in my neck of the woods. This might be because sport fishing, a source of many of the tags, is more deeply entrenched in Florida and the Caribbean.

Dr. Brent, a Guadalupe Fur Seal, was recently hanging out on the Columbia River Bar which made me feel good. In the last two years he made it all the way down to San Diego before returning north.

I will be happily spending significant time on this site wishing all in the watery kingdom well.

Ocean Stoke!  

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