FEATURED SCIENCE BRIEF VIDEOS
What is a SPOT Tag?
OCEARCH uses a variety of tags on our sharks, but a SPOT Tag, or Smart Positioning and Temperature Tag, allows us to follow the individual sharks. These SPOT tags help create “PING” locations when sharks break the surface of the water, and allow you to learn alongside our science team when you visit the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker to follow their movements.
What are Microplastics?
Every year humans use tons of plastic just once, before throwing it away – and far too much of it ends up in our oceans. Microplastics, defined as a plastic particle less than 5mm in size, can enter the food web through trophic transfer, and we can see them in our white sharks and even in ourselves.
OCEARCH produces an extensive official Science Brief for each expedition that outlines the objectives of every research project, and the collaborative team of researchers and institutions that are working on them. View all the details here.