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SeaWorld and OCEARCH are coming together to conserve marine animals and habitats.
The partnership was announced on January 25 on an OCEARCH floating science lab during its first exploration of the year. The 126-foot research vessel will host other explorations that are expected to take place in May and September of this year.
The partnership will focus on these primary regions:
- Research and rescue– For the first time, OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker will be used to monitor rescued, rehabilitated and returned marine animals, providing valuable, open-sourced data to the public.
- Education– Co-development of content that will educate students, while inspiring the next generation of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean.
- Policy– Utilizing the open sourced data from sampled and tagged marine animals to advocate for the protection of marine life.
OCEARCH is a world leader in generating scientific data for tracking and biological studies for different types of marine life. OCEARCH shares real-time data through their Global Shark Tracker, which reached 15 million users in 2015.
OCEARCH also have an at-sea laboratory called M/V OCEARCH it is a 126’ Cat-powered vessel equipped with a 75,000-lb hydraulic research platform. Over 172 researchers and 91 institutions have partnered with OCEARCH. One thing scientist have access to is 15 minutes with live sharks that would conduct up to 12 studies.