Scientists Create ‘Wired Ocean’ with Shark-Tracking App

Scientists are on a mission to create a “wired ocean” with the release of a smartphone app that lets users track marine animals in real time, according to an article on CBCNews.

Shark Net, a free iOs app available at the Apple store, was developed by a team of researchers at Stanford University to raise awareness of ocean ecosystems and to create a personal connection between the public and wild marine animals just off North America’s West Coast.

The app features customizable interactive maps that let users follow northern California white sharks in real time. It also features photo galleries, videos, historical tracking data and 3D interactive models.

The goal of the project, researchers said, is to create a better understanding of the ocean ecosystem and promote the protection of sharks, tunas and turtles that inhabit the area.

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