We have a winner in the 2016 Presidential Election — well, if two mako sharks in the Atlantic have any say in the matter.
Nova Southeastern University put on a Shark Race to the White House, tracking a male and a female mako off the Northeast United States for more than a month to see how far they traveled. The shark representing Donald Trump came out on top, swimming 652.44 miles compared to the Hillary Clinton shark, which made it 510.07 miles.
“I’m not 100 percent convinced the sharks will predict the human race to the White House,” said NSU professor Mahmood Shivji in a release. “What it does show, however, is that mako sharks do follow different patterns in the Atlantic Ocean – we’ve had some log more than 10,000 miles, which is pretty incredible.”
Both sharks were first detected and tagged off the coast of New York and Rhode Island in the Atlantic. The Trump shark ventured much further out into the Atlantic, while the Clinton shark stayed closer to the U.S. coastline.
NSU put on the event to showcase its shark research. Both the Clinton and Trump mako sharks are part of a study on migrations. The school also set up a website where you can track the sharks’ progress and see their migration patterns.
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