This week marked the official kick off of a partnership between SeaWorld and OCEARCH, in what is described in a SeaWorld release as an effort focused on the global protection of marine animals and the world’s oceans.
OCEARCH is considered by many to be a leader in generating critical scientific data related to studies of keystone marine species.
According to SeaWorld, the partnership between the two entities is a multi-year partnership and has already made valuable data available to both the scientific community and the general public for the first time ever in a widely-accessible format.
The release notes that OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker will now house data on rescued, rehabilitated and returned marine animals, offering both the scientific community and the general public the ability to learn more about threatened and endangered species.
SeaWorld says the partnership announcement was made aboard the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH, a floating science lab and mothership on its first research expedition of 2018.
Officials say future missions are scheduled for May and September of this year.
These missions will bring together the OCEARCH team and SeaWorld veterinarians, scientists and researchers to share knowledge and experience that will contribute to their shared mission to educate, inspire and advocate for ocean health and marine animal conservation efforts.