OCEARCH made a name for itself tagging and tracking sharks.
Who can forget great white shark Katharine’s many pings along Florida’s coast?
But it’s adding to its tracking menagerie, which includes fur seal Charli, with alligators from the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
Sweet Audrey Lane isn’t alone.
She’s joined by @GatorCypress, which is also carrying an OCEARCH-tracked satellite tag.
“We think alligators are so cool that we want to share our experiences with the public via satellite tags trackable on OCEARCH,” said Kimberly Andrews, a research faculty member in UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, in a Tweet.
The Utah-based OCEARCH operates the Global Shark Tracker website and app,
According to an Amazon wish list for the UGA Okefenokee Alligator Research Project, it’s wildlife biologist Kristen Semaitis who will be conducting a 3-year study of the gators as part of her Master’s degree.
“Her research will include mark-recapture and survey efforts for population estimates, monitoring of behavior and nesting activity using wildlife cameras, and deployment of satellite tags on several adult alligators,” the Amazon link says. “It is our intention to make data collected through wildlife cameras and satellite tags available to the public through new educational programs, exhibits, and mobile apps.”
The UGA program is looking for people to sponsor satellite tags.
People seem excited about Audrey Laine’s addition.