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Welcome to Expedition White Shark, the world’s first app designed to track adult white sharks in real time! To make this possible, scientists at the Marine Conservation Science Institute (MCSI) attached custom satellite tags to the dorsal fin of adult Great White Sharks, allowing us to follow their movements from Satellites orbiting the earth. Expedition White Shark allows you to receive near real time Great White Shark tracking data at the same time as the research scientists. Positions for the tagged sharks can only be calculated when a shark is at the surface with its dorsal fin out of the water for several minutes; since sharks are not always finning we receive intermittent position data from our sharks, but each signal beamed to us form space adds to our growing knowledge of the life history of this species. Since you are getting our data in near real time you will notice that the satellites sometimes make mistakes, placing the shark far from its actual location; we correct these errors later, when we analyze the data. The MCSI satellite tagging of Great White Sharks has led to many important new findings regarding white shark biology, and each new day brings promise of a new discovery that you can make with us!
Short video clips within the app demonstrate how we safely capture, tag and release these large charismatic creatures, while also presenting new insight into the life history and conservation of the species. Explore the detailed histories of individual Great White Sharks by visiting our Shark Profiles.
White Shark attacks on humans are rare, but they can occur; Expedition White Shark allows you to explore all white shark attacks that have occurred along the Pacific Coast of the United States and Australia. Zoom in to the coast and you will see red fins appear; if you click on an individual fin, you will learn the basic details of the event. The migratory behaviour of this species creates a seasonal pattern of shark attacks and you can decrease your risk of a white shark encounter if you know when and where they may occur.
Keep up with the latest research insights posted by Dr. Michael Domeier and Nicole Nasby-Lucas, by using your Facebook account to Like the MCSI page and follow the latest Tweets from Brucewhiteshark.
- January 17, 2012 Initial release
- February 16, 2012 New version 1.1
- March 22, 2012 New version 1.2
- July 17, 2013 New version 2.0
- July 31, 2013 New version 2.1