MIAMI -- Scientists at the University of Miami are letting people adopt sharks to help fund their research.
No one gets to take one of the toothy predators home. But a $2,000 donation buys naming rights, a satellite tag and the opportunity to track a shark in real time on the Internet for up to a year.
The year-old program has tracked 20 bull, hammerhead and tiger sharks in the waters off the Florida Keys, South Florida and the Bahamas.
One of the scientists says the shark adoptions promote ocean conservation.
Researchers say healthy shark populations indicate the rest of the marine ecosystem also is doing well.
More information about research by the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation program at University of Miami's Rosenstiel School is available at www.shopforsharks.com .