When I was at the University of North Florida last week (an awesome experience I’m planning on blogging) I had the pleasure of hanging out with the folks from the Center for Instructional & Research Technology. One of the things I noticed as soon as I walked in their offices was a Replicator working away. Donatella Schianomoriello was experimenting with the wonders of 3D printing, and it just so happens she had recently printed a Great White Shark’s jaw. I was blown away—and whiel remarking about my love of all things shark, Mike Boyles showed me a site I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since: the OSEARCH Global Shark Tracker.
This site actually tracks a host of sharks around the world that have been tagged by this non-profit organization. It’s an amazing research resource because it actually allows you map where a specific shark has been. For example, the Great White Shark below is a 16′ and 3500 lbs. shark that’s been tagged more than a year ago. Her name is Mary Lee.
What’s remarkable about this tracker, as Mike pointed out, is that it not only gives the shark’s current location, but tracks everywhere she’s been since being tagged. The following image demonstrates her path up and down the Eastern seaboard and all the way out to Bermuda since last September. It’s amazign to see the pattern she is following.
But what Mike pointed out to me that actually blew my mind was just how close this shark was to the shore of Jacksonville, Florida on January 7, 2013. Take a look for yourself.
Actually, take an even closer look!
That’s some frightening shit right there. And as I was talking about this today in UMW’s Makerspace with Andy Rush, he noted I should teach a class on the cultural history of Sharks, which reminded me of the “Intermediate Shark Genres” from McSweeney’s. All this to say, sign me up! If someone would be crazy enough to let me teach this class, I would have a total blast. Years and years of fear, love, and compulsion set loose on one class! I have to start working on the syllabus!