Track, Hear From Migrating Marine Animals


The redesigned Web site for Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) is a veritable undersea trove for enthusiasts of marine life. Not only can you learn more about predators such as the Salmon Shark, Blue Whale, and Humboldt Squid, but you can also keep track of their real-world migration routes, thanks to electronic tags that communicate with Argos, a polar-orbiting satellite.

You can even add an animated widget on your MySpace page or blog to follow the animals' movements. And you know the familiar gripe about everyone and their grandmother's poodle having a blog? Well these guys all have one, too. (Between you and us, White Shark is a kind of a drama queen.)

TOPP began in 2000 as one of 17 projects of the Census of Marine Life, a massive 10-year, 80-nation project to assess the diversity and abundance of life in the oceans. As of 2007, TOPP researchers from eight countries have tagged more than 2,000 animals, including elephant seals, white sharks, leatherback turtles, squid, albatross and sooty shearwaters. ::TOPP

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