Sharks become science helpers

Sensors stuck to sharks have begun gathering climate data throughout the Pacific

By Beth Mole, 08:05 AM February 20, 2014

CHICAGO — Those gray triangles that peek above ocean waves can terrify beachgoers. They flag a cruising shark. But those same fins could mark science at work for climate researchers. Some scientists have begun strapping sensors to the sharks’ otherwise ominous fins. Now when those fish travel the seas, they can collect a rich trove of data from the far reaches of the Pacific.

Maintaining devices that monitor conditions in the ocean is expensive, notes Kim Holland. He’s a marine scientist of th...

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