March 1st, 2012 | By | 2,451 Comments

iPhone App Tracks Great White Sharks

You know that adage about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer? Well now, if you are not so fond of great whites, you can keep an eye on where these notorious fishes are headed.

 

A new app for the iPhone (& iPad) tracks a group of about 12 great whites tagged off the coast of Northern California & Baja. The app, Expedition Great White, was made in conjunction with the popular Nat Geo show with the same name and the SD based Marine Conservation Science Institute to let the public track the migration pattern of these often misunderstood creatures.

For the $3.99 you can see where these predators are heading and gain a general idea of when the bulk of them will return to your coast. The app lets you receive the same, real-time tracking info as the research scientists and also serves up a bunch of other interesting features such as videos, pictures, and fun facts about the sharks.


Tall Tails from a great white shark researcher

Picture from Previous SWELL article “Tall Tails From a Great White Shark Researcher”

 

For those who are already particularly squeamish about Jaws in the lineup, the app also maps out info on all reported shark attacks up and down the western US coast (and parts of Australia). While this app is intended for entertainment purposes only, I can already imagine folks frantically scoping out the virtual waters prior to their scheduled surf lesson.

Check it out at: http://www.expeditionwhiteshark.com/

What are your thoughts on such an app?

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