Yes, there really does seem to be an app for just about everything now. My husband discovered the Sharktivity app the other day. He explores his cellphone for unusual apps like I explore bingo sites on my tablet. The Sharktivity app allows you to report a shark sighting and see recently reported sightings along the northeastern seaboard. On the website, there is an interactive map that displays a shark fin logo over areas where sightings have been made.
Created by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in collaboration with Cape Cod National Seashore, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and local officials, this app hopes to protect both the sharks and the people who use the waterways in this area. Shark researchers noted 141 different great white sharks near Cape Cod in the past year. The increasing seal population in the area seems to be attracting more sharks. Experts predict the number of shark attacks worldwide to increase this year. Use of the app is yet another tool that can educate people about shark movements and possibly avoid places where sharks are currently active.
Seems like a great idea on the surface. You wouldn’t want to take the kids to a beach where a shark was sighted yesterday. On the other hand, this app could lead to shark hunters abusing the sightings to aid in catching sharks for profit or fun. Overall, the benefits win out, as researchers can use the information to track shark habits along the eastern seaboard and learn more about their travel and activities. So, the next time you find yourself planning a trip to the seaside in Massachusetts, download this app and look for the telltale fin.