Solution for conservation costs?
Since most sports are suspended, Mr. Strauss was inspired by events in 2007 and 2015 to find new betting content for his passengers. He thought that a swarm of white sharks swimming north of the Atlantic would be an interesting race, replacing table tennis or other bland, like who will get into some Penguin in the next Batman movie.
Although famous for their sharp teeth and huge size (adults can weigh more than 1 ton), white sharks are migratory species over long distances. They can swim thousands of miles to reach waters with more food, or more mates. But there’s so much information about this species that people still don’t fully understand, and Ocearch’s mission is to fill that gap.
Since its inception in 2007, the organization has attached positioning devices to more than 100 white sharks, and every time the shark floats to the surface, the device will transmit signals to researchers.
Melissa Cristina Marquez, a shark scientist, thinks that organizing bets on them like MyBookie could be a new way to get the public to pay attention to the animal.
Other experts also said that if MyBookie donates money to researchers – who work in areas that need financial support – then betting will have a positive impact on the scientific community.
Strauss said he intended to have MyBookie provide financial support to Ocearch, although he did not think that betting on sharks – if played out – would be very profitable for his company.
The shark is released back into the sea with a signal transmitter attached to the fin – which will tell scientists where the shark is, whenever it floats to the surface of the water.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fischer, the head of Ocearch, said that it would take more time for his organization to evaluate whether the cooperation with MyBookie would be beneficial, both for the organization and the animals that Ocearch is doing.
Even if the two sides cannot cooperate, Mr. Fischer thinks the idea of betting on sharks is very interesting.