A Marine Biologist Works to Create a ‘Wired Ocean’

Stanford University scientist Barbara Block heads a program that has placed satellite tags on thousands of sharks, bluefin tuna, and other marine predators to better understand their life cycles. Now, using data available on mobile devices, she hopes to enlist the public in protecting these threatened creatures. READ MORE

 

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Block and her colleagues use a so-called "wave glider" to track the comings and goings of sharks and other species in migration corridors in the Pacific Ocean. The surfboard-like instrument, which is propelled by wave power, is outfitted with various devices to detect tagged fish and transmit that information via satellite to Block's laboratory. (Courtesy of Stanford University)

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