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Fund our next expedition to tag and research Great White Sharks in the North Atlantic while open sourcing the collected data to all.
Fund our next expedition to tag and research Great White Sharks in the North Atlantic while open sourcing the collected data to all.
Fund our next expedition to tag and research Great White Sharks in the North Atlantic while open sourcing the collected data to all.
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We lose about 200,000 sharks a day; up to 100 million a year. As apex predators of the ocean, sharks help manage healthy ocean systems. The current problem we face in shark conservation is that we do not have the necessary data to understand the migratory patterns of our ocean’s apex predators, mating and birth sites – the locations we need to protect.

As a non-profit organization who has been at the forefront of marine science and shark research for 9 years, we’ve collaborated with researchers, institutions, and government agencies around the world to track, study, and monitor large sharks and the ecosystems they steward. 

For the first time, OCEARCH and its team of collaborating scientists will be tagging juvenile White Sharks out of New York waters. The data will build on the ongoing research and previous findings from Great White Sharks Mary Lee, Lydia, Katharine, Betsy, and Genie; and will allow us to complete the sample size necessary to draft the first scientific findings for the North Atlantic White Shark.

That’s where you come in. 

Donate to our Kickstarter and help us fund our next expedition this summer, off Long Island, NY.

Thus far, OCEARCH has donated 24 expeditions to over 113 researchers from 59 institutions, providing safe access to mature sharks representing multiple threatened species, while open sourcing the data on the Global Shark Tracker to 2.3 million users, in 2015. Our mission is to shift the tone of the conversation around sharks from fear to one of curiosity and fascination.

With your help, we can continue to be the leader in open source research, continue to educate the public to have a data-centrist disposition, advance science, and enable collaboration with professional mariners and world-class scientists. Whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or just tagged along recently, we invite you to be a part of our team. 

Let’s save our oceans, together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 During Expedition New York we will tag more Great White Sharks that the world will be able to follow on the Global Shark Tracker, which is a free app. Replace image of tracker with attached screen shot.

Our Global Shark Tracker constantly pings the location of your favorite Sharks, whenever and wherever, in real-time.

 

 

 

 

OCEARCH open sources and shares data, in near-real time for free to the public through the Global Shark Tracker, enabling students and the public to learn alongside PhDs. OCEARCH's mission is to educate the public, while inspiring the next generation of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean.

 

By open sourcing the data and allowing the community to follow along, we’ve enabled a level of engagement, which has shifted the tone of the conversation around sharks from fear to one of curiosity and fascination.

 

OCEARCH enables the brightest scientists in the world by giving them approximately 15 minutes of access to live, mature great white sharks (and other species) to conduct up to 12 studies, including tagging and sampling. The data collected is used to identify the migration and critical habitats for the species.

 

                   

Risks and challenges

There is a risk that even with the funding, extraordinary situations may arise that would make us reschedule or cancel our expedition. We have NO plans to do this, but it is always a risk.

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    Pledge US$ 8 or more About US$ 8

    Sponsor a shark ping! Thank you for sponsoring a satellite shark ping on the Global Shark Track. Air high five for supporting shark research!

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    Get an OCEARCH Sticker postcard in the mail.

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    The Digital Package: Exclusive wallpaper for computers & mobile phone lock screens + Twitter shout out from Mary Lee Shark, Katharine Shark, or Lydia.

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    Get TWO (2) OCEARCH Peace Love Ping T-Shirts. This is a Kickstarter exclusive!

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    Get an OCEARCH Shark Pinger Hoodie. This is a Kickstarter exclusive!

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    Get exclusive text message updates from Expedition Leader Chris Fischer during Expedition New York this summer. This is only available to our Kickstarter backers!

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    Get a Costa & OCEARCH Shark Trucker Hat in gray signed by Expedition Leader Chris Fischer and the OCEARCH sticker postcard.

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    EXPLORER SHARK PACK
    *Kickstarter Exclusive*

    This reward is a collaboration with Junior Explorer and is perfect for your little shark lover! This package includes:
    -SHARKS e-books that include videos narrated by Jeff Corwin, that helps de-mystify sharks by informing readers about their value in the ocean ecosystem.
    -A digital version of Junior Explorer Mission Gulf Coast that includes a cool activity on the OCEARCH website
    -A digital Shark poster that focus on different Shark species.

    ALL shipped in time for Shark Week!

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    Get the OCEARCH Apparel Bundle! Comes with...

    -Peace Love Ping T-Shirt
    -Shark Pinger Hoodie
    -Sticker Postcard

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    Get TWO (2) OCEARCH Shark Pinger Hoodies. This is a Kickstarter exclusive!

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    Have your name or company name on the New York Expedition website and be included on the Kickstarter exclusive text message from Chris Fischer during Expedition New York this summer!

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    Get the OCEARCH Apparel + TEXT Bundle! Comes with...

    -Exclusive text updates during Expedition
    -Peace Love Ping T-Shirt
    -Shark Pinger Hoodie
    -Sticker Postcard

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    Get THREE (3) OCEARCH Shark Pinger Hoodies. This is a Kickstarter exclusive!

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    Sponsor a classroom of your choice to Skype with Chris Fischer! We will send up to 40 sticker postcards for the students and an Educational Shark Poster for classroom.

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    New York Kickoff Party VIP Ticket

    Join us on the ship for the Kickstarter Exclusive Expedition New York Kickoff Party! Get a tour of the ship, enjoy a Shark Tracker Light Lager on deck with the crew (must be 21 or older), meet the science team and get the exclusive experience that is only available to our Kickstarter backers.

    This VIP experience will include the T-Shirt and Hoodie!

    The ship will be docked in Montauk. Backer is responsible for getting to and from Montauk. The party will be held August 12, 2016 from 4pm – 7pm. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

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    Sponsor a Periscope live stream of a shark tagging. You will be mentioned on Periscope live and tagged in post copy on Periscope and twitter. You will also get the Kickstarter exclusive text updates during Expedition New York from Chris Fischer.

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    Sponsor A Shark Satellite Tag!

    Your pledge comes with the following:
    -Get a Twitter shout out from OCEARCH
    -Be thanked by name or company name in a shark profile on Global Shark Tracker
    -Get Kickstarter exclusive text updates during Expedition New York from Chris Fischer.

    BONUS! Also comes with exclusive COSTA/OCEARCH Gear Pack ($519 value) including:
    -Your choice of one pair of Costa Sunglasses
    -One Exclusive Costa Duffle Bag
    -One Costa/Ocearch Short Sleeve T-Shirt
    -One Costa/Ocearch Shark Hat
    -Two Costa/Ocearch Tervis Tumbler
    -One Costa C-Mask

    NOTE: Costa Gear will require additional shipping if outside the US.

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    Sponsor A Beach Clean Up!

    Your pledge comes with the following:
    -Sponsor beach clean up in Long Island this summer with the OCEARCH team
    -Get Kickstarter exclusive text updates during Expedition New York from Chris Fischer.

    BONUS! Also comes with exclusive COSTA/OCEARCH Gear Pack ($519 value) including:
    -Your choice of one pair of Costa Sunglasses
    -One Exclusive Costa Duffle Bag
    -One Costa/Ocearch Short Sleeve T-Shirt
    -One Costa/Ocearch Shark Hat
    -Two Costa/Ocearch Tervis Tumbler
    -One Costa C-Mask

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    Off Shore Fishing Trip!

    Go on an off shore fishing trip with the OCEARCH crew. Stay one night on the ship with a following day of fishing. You plus one. Meals included. Backer is responsible for travel to and from the ship location. Backer will be picked up on dock and brought out to ship.

    BONUS! Also comes with exclusive COSTA/OCEARCH Gear Pack ($519 value) including:
    -Your choice of one pair of Costa Sunglasses
    -One Exclusive Costa Duffle Bag
    -One Costa/Ocearch Short Sleeve T-Shirt
    -One Costa/Ocearch Shark Hat
    -Two Costa/Ocearch Tervis Tumbler
    -One Costa C-Mask

    NOTE: Costa Gear will require additional shipping if outside the US.

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Funding period

- (30 days)