Follow Me: New Tiger Shark Tracks Available

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Follow Me: New Tiger Shark Tracks Available

PacIOOS now provides tracks from four new tiger sharks that were recently equipped with satellite tags off Kāneʻohe Bay by researchers from the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). All sharks have sent numerous detections over the past few weeks. So far, two of the sharks tend to frequent waters off Oʻahu’s windward coast and North Shore, one of the sharks went to Penguin Banks off Molokaʻi, and one is covering all those areas. The recent tracks, along with tracks from previous tagging efforts, can be viewed on PacIOOS’ shark tracking pages and PacIOOS Voyager. Please note, tiger shark tracks do not provide real-time monitoring and do not serve as a monitoring system. The shark tracking effort is part of a larger research project to gain insights about shark behavior and habitat selection.

Based on records from the past 25 years, October is the month with the highest number of shark encounters in Hawaiʻi. Be sure to always swim with a buddy, avoid murky water, and do not enter the water if you have open wounds.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.