Conservation International Announce New Online Whale Shark Tracker


It’s Conservation International’s pleasure to announce the launch of a webpage that tracks in real-time whale sharks that were tagged in the Bird’s Head Seascape by Dr. Mark Erdmann’s team. Click here for the Whale Shark Tracker.

This app’s map is clickable and shows the path of ten whale sharks over the past 60 days. As the fin-mounted tags transmit data to satellites, their locations – after an intentional 24 hour delay – will be updated automatically on this page.

Another app feature is the “Who’s Who” carousel, which displays images of each individual shark and includes dynamic content like when the shark last reported data, and the distance from its previous location. This is outstanding content.

Additionally the app invites visitors to name certain sharks.

Click over to the app and begin tracking your favorite shark!

Burt Jones Maurine Shimlock

Burt Jones Maurine Shimlock

Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock are award-winning marine life photographers whose assignments have taken them around the world to portray diverse subjects including the world’s longest underwater cave in Mexico and nesting sea snakes in Borneo. Their photographs have been published internationally, and Secret Sea, a collection of their photographs, was honored with the Benjamin Franklin award as the best book printed world-wide. Burt and Maurine’s lively and informative teaching style and their “Stop Taking Pictures and Start Creating Images” seminar, which they present on their Secret Sea Visions “Scuba Safaris”, have helped hundreds of marine life photographers improve their technique. Burt and Maurine are renowned “critter spotters” and their images often reveal habits and habitats of creatures many people never see for themselves. In June 2008 they began working with Conservation International as consultants on sustainable marine tourism. Burt and Maurine’s long-term project is to explore, photograph, and to produce guidebooks and website content for the remote and uncharted dive sites around Raja Ampat and the rest of the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua. Their guidebook, Diving Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, was released in late 2009. A revised and expanded sequel, Diving Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Seascape, was published in late 2011. The Bird’s Head Seascape website,, launched in June, 2014. To learn more about Burt and Maurine, their images and scuba safari programs visit their website,

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