12-150-23-256,386 – lottery? nope nope, just amazing science

In 1999, a bold plan was laid out to establish a broad collaboration among biologists, oceanographers, engineers and computer scientists in the emerging field of “biologging” science. More than 10 years later, after more than 150 individual publications, 265,386 “tracking days” of 23 different species, the results of the combined Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) dataset have been published in the journal Nature, in an amazing article entitled “Tracking apex marine predator movements in a dynamic ocean”.

There are so many things to say about these findings and about all the people, institutions and effort that dozens of new post wouldn’t be enough. My advice is to visit the main project website.

To learn more about the study, you can read the press release here, or you can read the entire Nature paper here. ​

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