Bonn, 27 June 2011 - An
ambitious project, the “Census of Marine Life”,
the largest inventory of marine life ever to have been compiled,
has begun to bear fruit.
A team of marine biologists
and computer experts from the Hopkins Marine Station at
Stanford University first gathered in 1999 to determine
who best to chart the migration of a range of marine species,
as diverse as sharks, whales, tuna fish, seals and turtles.
The process used, called “tagging of Pacific predators”
(TOPP) has now given the experts a clearer picture of the
routes followed by the animals and it now seems that there
is a “highway” for sharks in the oceans.
To read more about the project
on the website of Nature, the international weekly journal
on science click here.
A related article was also published online by the magazine
“Der Spiegel” (in German). Click here.