“Rob,” a male mako shark, has officially joined spring breakers in Florida. The five and one-half-foot mako is currently pinging off the coast of Jacksonville, according to the tracker from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI).
Rob was tagged off the coast of Ocean City, Md. in June of 2017, traveling nearly 5,900 miles in 279 days from Rhode Island down to Florida.
In the last decade, scientists from GHRI have tagged more than 150 sharks to study migration patterns. Many of them can be followed online in near real-time at www.GHRItracking.org. Rob is the mako’s nickname, which is tracked on the map by his sponsor’s name Advanced Roofing 3.
About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation: The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHOF also funds affiliated researchers working to better understand our ocean ecosystem and educators helping to foster the next era of marine conservationists. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a properly balanced ocean ecosystem. www.GHOF.org
About NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute: Established in 1999, the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) is a collaboration between the renowned marine artist, scientist and explorer, Dr. Guy Harvey, and Nova Southeastern University. The mission of NSU’s GHRI is to provide the scientific information necessary to understand, conserve, and effectively manage the world’s marine fishes and their ecosystems. The institute is one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to the science-based conservation of marine fish populations and biodiversity. The research, education and outreach activities of NSU’s GHRI are supported by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, AFTCO Inc., extramural research grants, philanthropic donations by private businesses and individuals, and NSU. Please visit http://cnso.nova.edu/ghri for more information.