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Shark trails, mapped for public awareness

The waters off Western Australia play home to a diverse range of marine life, and now, with the help of GIS technology, local businesses and the public can better understand some of the ocean’s most powerful creatures.

The Shark Monitoring Network Research Map features previously unreleased behavioural data sourced from tagged sharks and other fish species – and has been created by the WA Government as part of its Sharksmart website.

Using the information found on the map, marine business operators between Perth and Esperance can conduct their own risk analysis before entering the water. The public can also make more educated decisions when choosing where to swim.

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