Thanks to a long-running effort between the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and its partners in the U.S. Animal Telemetry Network (ATN), scientists – and the general public – can now access a large database on marine animal telemetry on the web. For the curious, hundreds of tagged turtles, seals, whales, sharks and other marine animals can now be tracked on an online map, much like ships on a commercial AIS database.
The information in this telemetry can be used not just for basic research, but also for regulation – for example, implementing the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, carrying out National Environmental Policy Act analyses and conducting environmental impact assessments (EIAs).
Direct to Animal Telemetry Network
- Direct to Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)