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Shark tracking technology comes to North San Diego County beaches

Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 21:21:12-04

DEL MAR (KGTV) — For the first time, researchers set up receivers along San Diego coast with the ability to record when sharks are near.

California State University Long Beach spent Wednesday working with Del Mar lifeguards as they dropped three receivers along the coast and tried tagging sharks nearby. Unfortunately, no sharks were tagged.

Chris Lowe, with Shark Lab, tells 10News, “we just got money from the state to expand it throughout all of California.”

They have receivers from Avila to the Mexico border but none located between Oceanside and La Jolla.

"This is a big gap for us,” Lowe says.

Each receiver collects data from any tagged shark within 500 yards of the device. The receiver logs the time, date and is able to identify the exact shark based on the scanned tag.

For a decade, CSU Long Beach has been studying the patterns of sharks and working to collect enough data to eventually predict where sharks will be at certain times of the year.