Original report: Fins to the left. Fins to the right. Four mako sharks will be used by a Florida university to predict Florida's contentious midterm elections, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The shark “race” began Oct. 16 and will end Nov. 3, three days before the elections.
Nova Southeastern University's Guy Harvey Research Institute held a similar race for the 2016 presidential election, pitting a male shark (representing Donald Trump) against a female (representing Hillary Clinton), the newspaper reported. The male shark predicted Trump would win.
"Once again we turn to our sharks for their wisdom and expertise," Richard Dodge, dean of the university's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, told the Sun-Sentinel. "The sharks did a pretty good job two years ago, so let's see how they do this year."
Each shark has a satellite tag attached to its dorsal fin. Every time the shark’s fin breaks the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, the tag pings the animal’s location. The sharks that swim the most miles will be named the winners of the election.
Each shark will represent a candidate, the Sun-Sentinel reported. In the gubernatorial race, one shark will represent Rep. Ron DeSantis and one will race for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. The Senate race will pit sharks representing incumbent Bill Nelson and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The sharks can be tracked at www.ghritracking.org/flrace/ or by following #makoprediction on social media.
"This is a fun way to focus attention on the research NSU scientists are doing and the plight of sharks in our oceans,'' Dodge told the Sun-Sentinel.