Sharks fitted with latest technology

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Motion sensors like those used in smart phones are helping to reveal how sharks spend each moment in the wild say Mote Marine Laboratory scientists who were the first to use sensors to classify mating and other behaviors in wild sharks.

During their study, which was recently published in the science journal Endangered Species Research, Mote scientists monitored mating in wild nurse sharks by attaching accelerometers to them. Accelerometers are the motion-sensitive computer chips used in smart phones, iPods and the Nintendo Wii.

Attached to sharks, accelerometers can detect each flick of a shark