Experts have recently developed a shark app which aims to monitor the white sharks’ activity around the Cape Cod waters. Two sharks were tagged a few days ago, and researchers want to tag as many specimens as possible to understand more about this mysterious species.
The first free app went live on July 1st when a lot of people witnessed how a white shark was spotted near Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Also, the app provided users with a shark fin icon symbolizing the tracking signal of the shark.
The shark app registered additional information including the fact that the shark was 14-foot long and the place where it had been previously tagged, around half a mile off the beach.
The new tracking device app was launched by The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a non-profit organization from Chatham, which promotes white shark education and research.
The app is far more reaching than the last year model designed for beach managers only, and whenever a shark is nearby the alert pings on user’s smartphone, making everyone aware of the risk.
According to Cynthia Wigren, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Executive Director, the safety of the public comes first concerning the great white activity.
That is why the agency is strongly oriented towards performance as it has doubled its efforts by working together with town, state, and federal officials to provide safety tips and educational materials for beachgoers, tourists, and residents.
Thanks to this new shark app, people will feel safer when they swim in the Cape Cod waters. Raising awareness among people is the most efficient way of reducing the risks posed by human-shark encounters.
It is a good thing for the local economy as well, because tourists will now see the East Coast as a safer vacation destination. Another feature of this app is that users will be able to report about the shark activity, and they will provide researchers with valuable information about white sharks.
This way, experts will learn more things about the habits and the behavior of this species.
The South Shore, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Cape Cod National Seashore, and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy promised that they would use the app to monitor the white sharks’ activity and to double their efforts to provide everyone’s safety.
Most people have a false opinion about white sharks, seeing them as killer machines instead of simple ocean mammals. With this shark app, everyone will get to know sharks better from a safe distance.