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App to provide verified sightings of sharks off New England

An example of the app's screen, via Atlanticwhiteshark.org
An example of the app's screen, via Atlanticwhiteshark.org

The Sharktivity app is a joint effort of the New England Aquarium and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

An aquarium and environmental organization are working together to collect better data about shark sightings and help keep people informed of when the animals are nearby.

The New England Aquarium in Boston and Chatham, Massachusetts-based Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said Wednesday their expansion of the conservancy's "Sharktivity" smartphone app will help protect both the humans and the sharks.

The conservancy has used the app since 2016 to collect information from the public about the presence of sharks.

Now, the conservancy is contracting with the aquarium to employ a shark expert to verify shark sighting reports that arrive via Sharktivity.

— Patrick Whittle, Associated Press

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