TOPP is another great website I recently discovered that I wanted to share. TOPP actually stands for Tagging of Pacific Predators. On the home page you can see where tagged animals have traveled including a white shark, a tuna, a male elephant seal and a leatherback turtle to name a few.
There is so much information on this website that it takes some time to find it all. In the bottom right corner there is a great ocean news section with links to recent news stories. Not all the pages are up to date, for example the “Ask A Researcher” page hasn’t been updated since 2009, but the coolest website function is!
On the left hand side just under the header, there’s a box that says TOPP Near Real-Time Animal Tracks. Clicking on that box takes you to the most up to date information on Pacific predators being tracked. Here you can see colorful lines showing where tagged Pacific predators have traveled and scrolling over the lines reveals the time frame. Thanks to this website I learned about the salmon shark, an animal I wasn’t familiar with before.
So take some time to check out TOPP, the information is excellent and even the less up to date information is still fascinating.