Sharks Under Surveillance of Researchers

According to the new study, researchers at the University of Tokyo and University of Hawaii told that scientists’ can now detect and monitor sharks’ eating habits and livelihood through cameras, and sensors attached and ingested in to the animal. The biggest fish has been in the ocean for more than 400 million years, and now it is under the surveillance of researchers and their close study will present the creature’s eye view. The investigation on the sea creature will tell how they conduct themselves under the ocean, and scientists will now be able to collect and track the hidden data for the very first time. Furthermore, the eating and swallowing pattern of the oceanic specimen will now be inspected by the researchers very closely. Hence, the study unravels giant creature’s perspective visual through the monitoring sensors and devices that are attached to the oceanic life. The ingested sensor will provide the facts to the researchers about the digestive system of the enormous marine animal and other fishes in the sea.

According to the researcher at University of Hawaii, Carl Meyer told that the purpose of the surveillance is to gain data and analysis on the sharks and other marine creatures. The marine life is very crucial to the oceanic ecology, and the big fish is often misunderstood by people. In the past, researchers’ studies did not disclose enough information on the creatures and having the big fish under surveillance increases the collective data. Moreover, Meyer said getting deeper perspective “eye view” will present hidden facts and recorded visual of the health of the sea life.

Previously, it was very dangerous to get a close study on the giant sea creature, as they can be violent, and when humans try to get close to them they act aggressively because they feel provoked. Thus, the ingested cameras through fish and tracking instruments attached on the side of the fish without direct human contact will provide the recorded facts to the researchers. The enhanced studies will amplify scientists’ understanding of the marine creatures and their natural ecology. The sharks rank at the highest in the marine food chain ecology. The study records their eating, migration, prey and movement patterns. Their interaction with tuna and other fishes under the sea will be under surveillance of the scientists. The collective data helps them to explore the sea world in their natural environment.

Meyer teamed up with Kim Holland, another researcher from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. On February 27, both researchers presented their evidence and case study at the 2014 Ocean Science Meeting. The meeting is operated  by the Oceanography Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and American Geophysical Union. They all sponsored the meeting held in late February.

Moreover, the instruments capture and expose the quantity measurement of how, what, when and where the sharks and other marine creatures consume. The discovery on feedings habits of marine life will improve researchers’ study for days to come. Nonetheless, the new found knowledge will assist in conservation, public safety, and resource management. Holland explained at the presentation that the ingested instruments have a commercial value and they can be used for aquaculture as well. Sea life is vast and their existence in natural environment requires navigation and further study.

Apparently, the exposed quantities of variation in different things involving marine life answer many questions which were unattainable previously for the researchers. Nevertheless, the instruments and all the equipment attached to the external dorsal fin of the enormous oceanic life and other creatures are waterproof, and have extended battery life. Galanopoulos, Sandbar, Tiger and Bluntnose, all of these sharks are now under surveillance of the researchers.

By Iqra Amjad

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