Tagged sharks in Maui waters tracked online

Published On: Nov 15 2013 06:00:00 PM HST

Sharks are on the move in and around Maui waters.

Now, scientists trying to solve the recent spike in shark attacks, are offering you a way to have an idea where the predators are lurking.

They've tagged some, so you can track them online.

"In the course of three days, we tagged 15 tiger sharks and a lot of them were very big tiger sharks,  and pregnant females. So now we are starting to see the movement of those 15 sharks in the three weeks that we tagged and released them," said Kim Holland of the Institute of Marine Biology.

Holland and his team are tracing every move they can of the first eight sharks tagged, and there are more sharks to come.

The satellite tracking devices are quickly relaying valuable data.

"And as the shark gets  it’s  equilibrium back , it swims away into the deep. And every time that fish breaks the surface and the transmitter comes out of the water, we are going to a hit and those are the hits that  you will be seeing on the web page," said Holland.

Scientists hope this University of Hawaii webpage Pacific Islands Ocean Observing Systems will be the go-to site for all things ocean-science related.

The highly mobile tigers ranging from nine to 14 feet are cruising our waters leaving a trail of a mystery for Holland and others to solve.

Tigers don't normally travel in schools like hammerheads, but why Maui, and why so many attacks that seem to come at all times of the day.

"This fish was tagged off of Kihei .You can see it going to Lanai and Molokai and now it’s off Kailua- Kona,” said Holland.

But Holland cautions don't rely on the shark tracks to keep you safe.

"You won’t be able to say I'm in Waianae. Are there any sharks here? It doesn't work that way. It's near-real time, not real-time. Besides, we don't know about the sharks that dont have our tags on them. These are just eight sharks," said Holland.

And there are so many, many more out there.


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