Posted by SavvyBoater Staff on July 20, 2016
We all know the two most ominous and terrifying notes in all of movie soundtrack history: The infamous duunn-dun that signals an impending shark attack in Spielberg’s classic 1975 horror film, Jaws.
Unlike the shark’s ill-fated victims in the movie, boaters can be better prepared for their next trip out on the water thanks to a new free app that allows users around the country to track shark activity.
The app, appropriately dubbed “Sharktivity,” was created by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, an organization that aims to promote awareness, education, and research that encourages humans and white sharks to co-exist peacefully.
Sharktivity can help boaters and fishermen locate the best and safest places on the water, all in real time and at the touch of your fingertips.
To view shark sightings, all you need to do is download the app. To report a shark sighting, the app will ask for some of the following information:
Sharktivity users are able to see this information for each shark sighting within the past year, month, week, or two days (whichever view you prefer). The app also allows users to donate to shark-related research and provides tips on staying safe and smart around our many-toothed friends.
For our SavvyBoater customers in the northeastern United States, this app will be especially useful during the summer months when shark populations off the east coast typically rise. In 2015, 141 sharks were tracked near Cape Cod — up from 68 the year before.
Shark sightings are often few and far between, and can be an amazing sight to behold. That being said, it’s always better to be prepared than to be caught off guard.
So, the next time you’re out on the open water or on the shore and you see a sleek fin carving the surface — and you hear that duunn-dun get faster and louder inside your head — be sure to let other boaters know via Sharktivity.