Mako shark stuns researchers as satellite data reveals that it has traveled more than 4,000 miles since March

Each of the tagged sharks is equipped with a tracer on its dorsal fin. When this breaks the surface of the water, it transmits a signal to an aerial satellite, which allows an estimated geolocation, according to Ocearch. Pico, who was tagged in March, appears in the photo above

A marked Mako shark off the Texas coast has made an incredible trip across the country, and it does not seem to be reversing anytime soon.

Ocearch researchers labeled the 7.5-foot-long shark, Pico, in March and said it signaled outside of Virginia last weekend.

In more than 4 100 miles to date, the team says that the Pico adventure is unprecedented, and it is the first time they see a mako crossing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Each of the tagged sharks is equipped with a tracer on its dorsal fin. When this breaks the surface of the water, it transmits a signal to an aerial satellite, which allows an estimated geolocation, according to Ocearch. Pico, who was tagged in March, appears in the photo above

Each of the tagged sharks is equipped with a tracer on its dorsal fin. When this breaks the surface of the water, it transmits a signal to an aerial satellite, which allows an estimated geolocation, according to Ocearch. Pico, who was tagged in March, appears in the photo above

Pico was tagged on March 18 in front of Port Aransas, TX, according to Ocearch.

And in the following months, he has been extremely busy.

An interactive map of Pico's trip shows that he has been pinging throughout the southeastern United States. UU And the east coast, with its most recent being just outside of Virginia and Delaware.

Each of the tagged sharks is equipped with a tracer on its dorsal fin. When this breaks the surface of the water, it transmits a signal to an aerial satellite, which allows an estimated geolocation, according to Ocearch.

The data shows that Pico was still in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.

But, between July 4 and July 9, it became clear that it could be branching out.

Pico was tagged on March 18 in front of Port Aransas, TX, according to Ocearch. The data shows that Pico was still in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month. Now, he is going through Virginia. The 4,200-mile trip to Pico can be seen above

Pico was tagged on March 18 in front of Port Aransas, TX, according to Ocearch. The data shows that Pico was still in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month. Now, he is going through Virginia. The 4,200-mile trip to Pico can be seen above

Pico was tagged on March 18 in front of Port Aransas, TX, according to Ocearch. The data shows that Pico was still in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month. Now, he is going through Virginia. The 4,200-mile trip to Pico can be seen above

"It's time to make decisions for the Mako Pico shark," the researchers wrote on the 13th.

& # 39; He just crossed the entire Gulf of Mexico. Now he has to decide between going to the Atlantic, heading to the Caribbean or simply turning around ".

At that time, Pico was just outside Key West, and, in a matter of days, he arrived almost north of Orlando.

& # 39; Cool! Pico is now the first Mako shark we have tracked in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Ocean, "the researchers wrote on July 19.

It is not clear what is driving his unusual journey, although Ocearch says that until now he seems to be following the Gulf Stream.

A marked Mako shark on the Texas coast has made an incredible trip across the country, and does not seem to be coming back soon.

A marked Mako shark on the Texas coast has made an incredible trip across the country, and does not seem to be coming back soon.

Ocearch researchers labeled the 7.5-foot-long shark, Pico, in March and said it signaled outside of Virginia last weekend

Ocearch researchers labeled the 7.5-foot-long shark, Pico, in March and said it signaled outside of Virginia last weekend

A marked Mako shark off the coast of Texas has made an incredible journey across the country. Ocearch researchers labeled the 7.5-foot-long shark, Pico, in March and said it signaled outside of Virginia last weekend

The only certain thing, the team says, is that Pico is tracing clues that we have never seen before of a mako & # 39 ;.

Mako sharks are known fast swimmers, with the ability to hit approximately 60 miles per hour when they hunt, and can reach a length of approximately 14 fully developed feet.

And, it seems that Pico is not an exception.

In a span of only 72 hours, the shark recorded approximately 174 miles while continuing its journey north this month.

WHAT BRINGS YOU TO SHARKS & # 39; & # 39; SIXTH SENSE & # 39 ;?

Sharks have electrosensory organs that act as a "sixth sense"

Sharks have electrosensory organs that act as a "sixth sense"

Sharks have electrosensory organs that act as a "sixth sense"

Lorenzini's ampoules are visible as small pores in the skin around the head and on the underside of sharks, rays and rays.

Each pore is open and connected to a set of electrosensory cells by a long channel filled with a viscous and transparent jelly.

Gelatine AoL probably contributes to this electrosensing function, however, the exact details of this contribution remain unclear.

"Skates and sharks have some of the most sensitive electroreceptors in the animal world," said Dr. David Julius, professor and chair of physiology at UCSF and lead author of a recent study on the mechanism.

"Understanding how this works is like understanding how the proteins in the eye perceive light, it gives us an idea of ​​a whole new sensory world," he said.

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