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Tracking the ocean’s top predator

The future of the ocean depends on a healthy apex predator population, which requires a clear understanding of their migratory patterns, breeding and birthing habits and other key biological behaviors.
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Apex predators play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. They help remove the weak and the sick as well as keeping the balance with competitors helping to ensure species diversity. Having a gauge on the health of apex predators in the ocean helps humans gauge the entire oceanic ecosystem.

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OCEARCH is an open-source research initiative that gathers previously unattainable data on the oceans apex predators while delivering transformative K-12 teaching tools for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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