What We Can Learn by Following Lydia the Great White Shark
By: Joseph Simonds on March 11, 2015
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could track a Great White Shark, getting instant notification of where the shark is every single time the shark’s fin breaks the water, and know precisely where (and when) it is traveling.
Well then I have some great news for you!
You have the ability to follow the most popular Great White Shark in the world at your very own fingertips!
Lydia the Great White Shark
Ever since the movie Jaws came out back in 1975, America has been intrigued, curious, and even downright terrified of Great White Sharks.
And since there is so much that we don’t know about Great White Sharks (including where they travel, their breeding grounds, etc), a team of scientists caught a Great White near Jacksonville, FL (that they named Lydia the Great White Shark), tagged it using a very sophisticated tracking device that should last upwards of 5-7 years, and they have been tracking every move.
In fact, they have made Lydia’s journey public, and they encourage everyone to follow Lydia (the shark has her own Twitter page where there are frequent updates: Follow Lydia here @RockStarLydia on Twitter).
What We Can Learn From Lydia the Great White Shark
After two full years of tracking Lydia, scientists have already learned a great deal of information about great white sharks.
For instance, most scientists believed that the habitat for Great Whites was much smaller.
But thanks to Lydia’s tracking, we now know that the Great White Habitat covers almost all of the Northern Atlantic Ocean.
This kind of information can help scientists construct better conservation plans and rules to make sure Great White Sharks never go extinct.
They are also hoping that Lydia can help us identify the breeding grounds for Great Whites, and are hoping that she has a baby while the tracking device is still on her.
But either way, it is amazing what technology is helping us discover in a pursuit to help a misunderstood, beautiful, magnificent, and “somewhat endangered” creature.
P.S. – Don’t forget to follow Lydia the Great White Shark on Twitter @RockStarLydia and Share this article if you found it interesting and informative. You Rock!