OCEARCH embarks on its first expedition to Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
OCEARCH returns to Guadalupe Island, Mexico, and tags nine great white Sharks, including Amy, seen above. At the time of tagging she was 16ft long and estimated at 3395 pounds.
OCEARCH embarks on four expeditions: the Shared Offshore Foraging Area (SOFA), Malibu, California, Farallon Islands, and Guadalupe Island, Mexico for the third time.
OCEARCH debuts a new TV show on NatGeo called Shark Men that documents its expeditions. OCEARCH launches two expeditions in the Sea of Cortez, and one in the Revillagigedo Islands.
OCEARCH sets out on three multi-species expeditions - Cocos Islands, Boca Grande, and Boca Grande Pass - and tags Bull, Scalloped Hammerhead, Tiger, Silvertip, Silky, Blacktip, and Galapagos sharks.
The year begins with the start of a new TV show: Shark Wranglers. The show chronicles the team’s efforts to tag 40 sharks in 50 days.
OCEARCH holds two expeditions in South Africa and tags a total of 40 great white sharks.
Version 1 of the Global Shark Tracker is launched because Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founder and Expedition Leader, had the vision that anyone in the world should have access to the knowledge they want in real-time.
In the fall of 2012, OCEARCH tags White Shark Mary Lee during an expedition in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This legendary shark put OCEARCH on the map. Everyone followed Mary Lee’s journey along the Eastern coast of the United States. Her tracks are an important part of the data collected as they inspired the Jacksonville and New York Expeditions.
A few months after Mary Lee’s tagging in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she appears off the coast of Jacksonville, FL. OCEARCH follows suit and launches an expedition in that same area. On the last day of the expedition, after 20 cold days at sea, the team finally catches White Shark Lydia. Since then, Lydia has made history. She is the first shark to have been documented crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
In 2014 OCEARCH met a teacher who was incorporating the Global Shark Tracker in her lesson plans to teach her students about math and science. Inspired by the possibility to reach thousands of students, OCEARCH partnered with Landry’s, Inc. team of program writers to create an entire K-8 STEM Curriculum. Through this, we are able to offer lessons in physics, math, biology, chemistry, oceanography, social sciences, and geography.
OCEARCH embarks on three expeditions with a focus on tiger sharks: Galapagos, Chile, and Brazil.
OCEARCH sets out for two expeditions - one in East Australia, and the other in West Australia - in the hopes of tagging tiger sharks. The expedition in West Australia proved to be one of the most productive in OCEARCH tiger shark tagging history: 20 sharks in 11 days.
After 60 days of transit from Australia to the Gulf of Mexico, OCEARCH begins an expedition in the hopes of understanding the interaction between sharks and the oil and gas platforms present in the Gulf, and how this relationship compares to natural reefs and other ocean features.
OCEARCH returns to Jacksonville, FL for the first time since tagging White Shark Lydia in 2013. Although the team did not tag any white sharks on this trip, it did tag four Tiger, two Blacknose and one Sand Tiger.
Following the tracks laid down by sharks like Mary Lee, OCEARCH traveled to Long Island, NY to determine whether the south shore of Long Island may serve as a nursery area for the great white shark. The OCEARCH team partnered with NOAA Fisheries to tag nine young-of-the-year white sharks, thus confirming that the area does serve this purpose.
During a three-week expedition in the waters off Nantucket, Massachusetts, OCEARCH tagged its first mature male white shark, George. Satellite-tagging a mature male was an important milestone, because now scientists are able to overlap male and female tracks and begin understanding where they meet, eventually helping us determine breeding areas.
OCEARCH begins the year by joining forces with Jacksonville University to foster unique opportunities for college student-centric education and promote experiential learning. Not only do students benefit from this collaboration at a classroom level, but they are also involved at the forefront of high-caliber research.
Southern Tide and OCEARCH partner to build awareness on the conservation and education of keystone marine species. The two brands’ goals are to collaborate on a co-branded capsule apparel and accessories collection to be sold online and with exclusive retail partners, while also engaging on-ship expeditions to support OCEARCH’s groundbreaking scientific research.
For its 28th expedition, OCEARCH launches an expedition in the Lowcountry - Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina - during which the team samples and tags Hilton, a mature male white shark who had motile sperm ready for fertilization of a female’s eggs.
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OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean while open sourcing our research and explorations. Open sourcing and inclusion at every level, and in real-time, allows the world to participate in our projects while being aware of the developing science.
Global conservation and public safety requires data that does not currently exist
Several peer-reviewed papers have been published based on OCEARCH expeditions and resulting studies, and there are more in preparation. The studies, once published, become a basis for informed policy and management decisions.
We share the data, including samples collected and tracking data, with collaborating institutions and students who request them for their studies. The tracking data is also open-sourced to the public via the OCEARCH Tracker.