Tweets of great white shark track amazing oceanic journey
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 5:30 PM - Want to get up and close with a great white shark without ever going in the water?
Then you may want to start following @RockStarLydia on Twitter.
Lydia the shark has been making waves on social media.
Armed with a Twitter handle and a tracking device in her dorsal fin, Lydia provides regular updates on her underwater activities to nearly 9,000 followers.
After she was tagged off the coast of Florida in 2013, the data being fed back from her locator device has shed light on what researchers have previously thought about the apex predators habitat.
Her journeys have taken the 1,400 kilogram shark from Newfoundland to Africa and back again -- making her the first documented shark to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
This information has shed new light on the size of the species' ocean-spanning habitat, which has proven to be significantly larger than originally thought.
Lydia's progress since being tagged can be seen from the beginning via the shark tracker on the Ocearch website.
Scientists are optimistic that Lydia's travel patterns will also point to where great whites give birth, and that understanding habitat boundaries through social media will help raise awareness and assist with conservation efforts.
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