Adopt a Shark
They may not be cute and cuddly, but sharks add beauty and diversity to our planet’s oceans. Many populations of sharks are in great decline and need immediate scientific and conservation attention. However, researching these apex predators is neither easy nor cheap. To ensure SRC’s tracking studies of sharks continue, please consider adopting a shark!
For this project, an acoustic tag is surgically implanted into the shark’s abdomen, and it collects data about the shark’s localized movement patterns when it is within range of a receiver. Receivers in our array are located across Biscayne Bay and even up into the Miami river! While acoustic tags do not communicate with satellites or provide near real-time tracking like the tags used in our other shark movement project, a short report on your shark’s whereabouts can be provided to you on an annual basis, when we retrieve the receivers and download the data.
Individuals, corporate groups, classes and entire schools are welcome to collectively adopt sharks. What a way to enrich your educational experience!
Figure (above): SRC Graduate student Robbie Roemer performs surgery on a juvenile bull shark to insert an acoustic tag. Each acoustic tag is the size of an AA battery, and “pings” to communicate with receivers when within a range of 600m. The presence of acoustically tagged sharks within our receiver array is used to determine habitat use and movements patterns.