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August 4, 2013      

It's Shark Week All Year Long at OpenOceans Global!

Maddened Attack by Carl RoesslerEvery year the Discovery Channel hosts Shark Week, but you can find great shark videos and information all year at OpenOceand Global.  We have created a map that takes you to great places to see shark attack videos, shark tracking visualizations, and shark research.  See the shark attack 2,000 miles off the coast of South America captured on camera, the kayaker knocked off his kayak, the amazing visualizations of shark migrations from the Tagging of Pacific Predators and the Guy Harvey Research Institute, and the international and U.S. links to shark attack data and other statistics. OpenOceans Global will continue to add links to this map throughout Shark Week and beyond.  If you have great links to contribute that will help people find information about sharks all year long, please send them to  

Photo Credit: © Carl Roessler "Maddened Attack"

OCEARCH to Catch and Tag Up to 20 Great Whites in August

Ocearch Great WhiteOCEARCH, the great white shark research group, launched what is anticipated to be the largest great white shark expedition in U.S. history on July 30, 2013, off the coast of Cape Cod. According to OCEARCH Founding Chairman Chris Fischer, his team will capture, tag, and release between 10 and 20 great whites during the month of August while providing top scientists 15 minutes with each shark to conduct approximately 12 scientific studies. OCEARCH catches great white sharks on hook and line, brings them on board on a unique platform, takes samples, and releases them back into the ocean with a satellite tag attached (see photo).  The increased summertime population of great white sharks off Cape Cod has drawn significant scientific and public safety attention, specifically a quest for increased knowledge. The newly tagged sharks, along with over 30 others, will be tracked on the organization's Global Shark Tracker which can be accessed by the public.

Is a Great White Coming to a Beach Near You? Track It on an App

Expedition White SharkWant to see if a satllite-tagged great white shark is visiting a beach near you?  Now you can with the the world's first smart phone app that allows anyone to track adult white sharks from a special satellite array orbiting the earth. Called Expedition White Shark, the app created by scientists at the Marine Conservation Science Institute (MCSI) tracks great white sharks that have been fitted with custom built satellite transmitters. The app includes numerous features that let users learn more about these amazing animals, including the ability for users to track satellite-tagged great whites. The app displays a map with live tracking data for the sharks tagged with real-time tracking devices so users can follow these sharks at the same time as the research scientists. The Guadalupe Gallery shows images of all sharks in the Guadalupe Island photo-ID database, and the photo gallery has photos and videos showing how the sharks were tagged.


Leopard Sharks in the Surf and Inches Away in San Diego

Leopard Sharks La Jolla Shores and LCDC 200px Wide copyIn San Diego there are two cool ways to get within inches of sharks in a completely safe manner.  Leopard sharks, whose name sounds as dangerous as tiger sharks, can reach nearly five feet in length, but they have small, down-facing mouths and eat mainly clams, spoon worms, crabs, shrimp, bony fish, and fish eggs.  Each summer they gather in a large school at La Jolla Shores, a popular swimming and surfing beach in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla. Kayakers, snorkelers and swimmers wade, paddle and stroke their way through the school of leopard sharks. Another place to see leopard sharks up close, but without getting wet, is the Living Coast Discovery Center. Just seven minutes south of downtown San Diego in the City of Chula Vista, the Center's Shark and Ray Experience places you inches away from these sharks through a reassuring panel of aquarium glass.  


Dr. Margaret Leinen Named New SIO Director

Margaret LeinenScripps Institution of Oceanography has appointed a new leader.  San Diego's pre-eminent ocean research organization named Dr. Margaret Leinen as Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences. Dr. Leinen is a highly distinguished, award-winning oceanographer and an accomplished executive with extensive national and international experience in ocean science, global climate and environmental issues, federal research administration, and non-profit startups. She is currently the Vice Provost for Marine and Environmental Initiatives and Executive Director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a unit of Florida Atlantic University. She is a researcher in paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology. Her work focuses on ocean sediments and their relationship to global biogeochemical cycles and the history of Earth’s ocean and climate. Leinen replaces Tony Haymet, who served as UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences from 2006 until his retirement from the administrative post at the end of 2012. 




Eye on Earth Conference Leadership Continues with Special Initiatives 

Eye on Earth Special InitiativeIn December 2011, the Eye on Earth Summit was convened to enable global leaders, innovators and decision-makers to focus on an issue critical to the wise decision-making upon which our planet’s future depends: how to ensure effective access to the world's expanding pool of environmental and societal data by all of those who need it. Facilitated by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and hosted by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Eye on Earth Summit was intended to strengthen existing efforts and inspire a search for unified, global solutions to the issues that preclude access to data.  OpenOceans Global attended the summit and has continued to participate in one of the Special Initatives that were formed during the summit:  the Eye on Oceans and Blue Carbon Initiative.  The other seven initiatives focus on: developing a Global Network of Networks, Environmental Education, Access for All, Community Sustainability and Resiliency, Disaster Management, Water Security, and Biodiversity.


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