Sharkrunners

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Sharkrunners Season 1 was a game created by area/code for the Discovery Channel as part of their 20th year of Shark Week. The game used satellite tracking of six great white sharks off the coast of California. Users were able to take control of research vessels to gather, in real-time, information on the sharks, while trying to earn funding.

Sharkrunners Season 2 returned after its highly successful first year. Season 2 used satellite tracking of ten Tiger Sharks and ten Grey Reef Sharks off the Northern coast of Queensland, Australia.

Sharkrunners was removed from Discovery Channel online in July 2011.

Institutions[edit]

When creating a character, the player is given the choice of three institutions to join:

The International Marine Observation Project (I.M.O.P.): a high-tech research institute run by no-nonsense marine scientists looking for hard data

The Piermont Group: a media-savvy philanthropic organization that is interested equally in scientific data and dramatic images

Friends of the Ichtheological Nation (FIN): a hard-core ecological activist group devoted to protecting and preserving sharks at any cost

Sharks[edit]

Season 1 default names are given (in addition to their code numbers) for the six sharks in the game, though the player may rename them as seen fit. They are as follows:

A60480 Amanda B39323 Betty J39325 Jill L39324 Lucy M39326 Melissa V62413 Vicky
Length 5.8 m 5.1 m 6.0 m 4.3 m 5.2 m 4.9 m
Weight 2000 kg 1700 kg 2100 kg 1400 kg 1800 kg 1600 kg

Season 2 default names for Tiger Sharks are given (in addition to their code numbers) to the ten sharks currently in the game, though the player may rename them as seen fit. They are as follows:

N1701 Nicole R0330 Ripley J0203 JR K2011 Kari L0122 Lola R0204 Rainebow2 S1080 Stacy A1022 Adam B0230 Broobry R0220 Rainebow1
Length 3.25 m 3.30 m 2.92 m 2.96 m 3.51 m 3.68 m 2.95 m 2.53 m 3.30 m 3.24 m
Weight 220 kg 230 kg 200 kg 165 kg 235 kg 340 kg 200 kg 175 kg 215 kg 210 kg

(Note- Lola has become unable to be tracked due to loss of tag or the tag has stopped transferring data)

(Note- Rainebow2 has become unable to be tracked due to loss of tag or the tag has stopped transferring data)

(Note- On 8/5/08, Lola and Rainebow2's data was recovered. They are able to be tracked once again)

(Note- Since 1/3/09, Lola has become unable to be tracked due to loss of tag or the tag has stopped transferring data)

(Note- On 1/12/09, Lola's data was recovered. They are able to be tracked once again)

Season 2 default names for Grey Reef Sharks are given (in addition to their code numbers) to the ten sharks currently in the game, though the player may rename them as seen fit. They are as follows:

C7895 Chloe H7909 Hilary I7888 Isabella M7903 Mia L7917 Louise W7916 Winnie Z7918 Zoe G7910 Gabrielle P7938 Phoebe E7908 Eric
Length 1.68 m 1.81 m 1.72 m 1.78 m 1.71 m 1.62 m 1.82 m 1.68 m 1.63 m 1.22 m
Weight 30 kg 32 kg 30 kg 30 kg 27 kg 25 kg 32 kg 25 kg 23 kg 18 kg

Encounters[edit]

Danger levels: very high (VH), high (H), medium (M), low (L), very low (VL)
Data quality levels: very high (VH), high (H), medium (M), low (L), very low (VL)
Observation types: (HA) habitat and environment, (HE) health and biology, (SE) senses and perception, (AG) aggression v. humans, (RE) reproductive, (SO) social, (FE) feeding and hunting

1-person dive 2-person dive 3-person dive Surface Cage dive Seal/turtle decoy Catch release Attached camera Remote camera
Required equipment none none none raft cage seal/turtle decoy fishing gear attached camera remote drone camera
Crew 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 0
Danger VH H M VL M L L M none
Data quality VH VH VH L H M M H VL
Data types FE, SO, AG, SE, HA FE, SO, AG, SE, HA FE, SO, AG, SE, HA FE FE, SO, AG, SE, HA FE RE, HE FE, SO, RE, HA FE, SO, RE, HA

In season 2, the seal decoy is replaced with a turtle decoy, and the attached camera has been replaced by the "SharkCam".

Ports[edit]

Season 1

Other than name and location, all three ports are identical except for crew candidates available for hiring. They offer 4 main services: selling gas, boat upgrades, equipment, and crew for hire. The ports from north to south are:

Season 2

Bonus location - achieve research rank level of 10 in the Sharkrunners HQ page

Accomplishments[edit]

Season 1

Title How to accomplish Payout
Beginner Sharkrunner Complete 1 successful encounter $1,000
Apprentice Sharkrunner Complete 10 successful encounters $10,000
Expert Sharkrunner Complete 50 successful encounters $50,000
Master Sharkrunner Complete 100 successful encounters $100,000
Complete Set A60480 Collect some of each type of data for this shark (Amanda) $12,000
Complete Set B39423 Collect some of each type of data for this shark (Betty) $12,000
Complete Set J39325 Collect some of each type of data for this shark (Jill) $12,000
Complete Set L39324 Collect some of each type of data for this shark (Lucy) $50,000
Complete Set M39326 Collect some of each type of data for this shark (Melissa) $12,000
Complete Set V62413 Collect some of each type of data for this shark (Vicky) $12,000
Attentive Respond in time for 6 consecutive encounters $3,000
Devoted Respond in time for 12 consecutive encounters $12,000
Addicted Respond in time for 24 consecutive encounters $30,000
Lightning Reflexes Respond to an encounter in less than 5 minutes $3,500
Safety First Complete 20 consecutive encounters without an attack $7,500
Mentor Raise a crew member to skill 20 $0
Professor 4 or more crew members have skill 20 or higher $0
Trainer Raise a crew member to 20 stamina $0
Drill Instructor 4 or more crew members have max. stamina 20 or higher $0
Guru 4 or more crew members have the same favorite fish $0
Frugal Accumulate 100,000 cash in the bank $10,000
Adrenaline Junky 10 shark attacks $10,000
Bonding Complete 25 successful encounters with 1 shark $10,000
Explorer Travel 1,000 miles $0
Jack of all Trades Complete a successful encounter using each type of equipment $35,000
Shopaholic Acquired every piece of equipment $0
Heir Apparent A crew member has completed 50 successful encounters $0
The Norman Endowment Collected some data from every shark $50,000
The Dreyfus Medal Collected a complete set of data for every shark $125,000
Ultimate Sharkrunner Accomplish all other tasks $0

Season 2

Title How to Accomplish Payout
Beginner Sharkrunner Complete 1 successful encounter $1,000
Apprentice Sharkrunner Complete 10 successful encounters $10,000
Expert Sharkrunner Complete 50 successful encounters $50,000
Master Sharkrunner Complete 100 successful encounters $100,000
Complete Shark Collect a complete set of data on any shark $12,000
Complete Tigers Collect a complete set of data on all 10 Tiger Sharks $60,000
Complete Grey Reef Collect a complete set of data on all 10 Grey Reef Sharks $60,000
Duelist Win 5 Duels $12,000
The Good Life Achieve a Research Rank Level of 10 & purchase an item at the Hamamas Beach Port $10,000
Nerd Patrol Hire all 7 specialists $50,000
Attentive Respond in time for 6 consecutive encounters $3,000
Devoted Respond in time for 12 consecutive encounters $12,000
Addicted Respond in time for 24 consecutive encounters $30,000
Lightning Reflexes Respond to an encounter in less than 5 minutes $3,500
Safety First Complete 20 consecutive encounters without an attack $7,500
Mentor Raise a crew member to skill 20 $0
Professor 4 or more crew members have skill 20 or higher $0
Trainer Raise a crew member to 20 stamina $0
Drill Instructor 4 or more crew members have max. stamina 20 or higher $0
Guru 4 or more crew members have the same favorite fish $0
Frugal Accumulate 100,000 cash in the bank $10,000
Adrenaline Junky 10 shark attacks $10,000
Bonding Complete 25 successful encounters with 1 shark $10,000
Explorer Travel 1,000 miles $0
Jack of all Trades Complete a successful encounter using each type of equipment $35,000
Shopaholic Acquired every piece of equipment $0
Heir Apparent A crew member has completed 50 successful encounters $0
The Norman Endowment Collected some data from every shark $50,000
The Dreyfus Medal Collected a complete set of data for every shark $125,000
Ultimate Sharkrunner Accomplish all other tasks $0

Additionally, research accomplishments can be made, some of which can assist in the completion of The Good Life goal for Sharkrunners season 2. Research projects can be initiated on a player's Sharkrunners HQ profile and will result in 450 - 950 (?) research points per goal reached. The ultimate goal is 105,000 points to accomplish the level 20 research requirement in order to have a gold border around an individual player's flag.

Equipment[edit]

Boats[edit]

There are four boats in the game. Each can have an engine refit (increases both cruising and top speed by 10%) and upgraded fuel tanks (increases fuel capacity by 20%).

Aqua-Tech Breeze 300 Storm Pro XL HydroLite Typhoon Tradewind 4000
Price free (starter boat) $90,000 $90,000 $250,000
Top speed (MPH) 35 @ 1mpg 42 61.6 62
Cruise speed (MPH) 28 @ 1.5mpg 35 49.5 50
Fuel capacity 500 900 900 2,000
Crew capacity 3 5 4 6
Refitting cost $4,000 $9,000 $9,000 $25,000

Equipment[edit]

Chain-mail

Lower risk of shark attack for dive and cage techniques

$2,000

Upgraded chain-mail

Lowest risk of shark attack for dive and cage techniques

$4,000

Light dive cage

Enables cage dive techniques

$8,000

Medium dive cage

Enables cage dive technique/ lower risk of shark attack

$12,000

Titanium dive cage

Enables cage dive technique/ lowest risk of shark attack

$31,000

Turtle decoy

Enables turtle decoy technique

$2,000

Turtle decoy advanced

Enables turtle decoy technique. Improved data quality

$12,000

Medium fishing gear

Enables catch & release technique

$2,000

Advanced fishing gear

Enables catch & release technique/ improves data quality/ lower risk of shack attack

$6,000

SharkCam

Enables SharkCam technique

$10,000

Advanced SharkCam

Enables SharkCam technique/ improved data quality

$25,000

Remote camera drone

Enables remote camera drone technique

$85,000

Submerged sensor pod

Improved data quality for surface observation technique

$5,000

Advanced submerged sensor pod

Best data quality for surface observation technique

$10,000

Chemical shark repellent

Lowers risk of shark attack for dive and cage techniques

$3,000

Electromagnetic shark repellent

Lowers risk of shark attack for dive and cage techniques

$3,000

Advanced scuba system

Improves data quality for dive techniques

$6,000

Medium hand-held camera

Improves data quality for surface observation technique

$5,000

Advanced hand-held camera

Best data quality for dive and cage techniques

$11,000

Underwater camera stick

Improves data quality for surface observation technique

$2,000

Improved scales

Improves data quality for catch & release technique

$5,000

Improved sonar

Increases encounter range

$12,000

Premium sonar

Maximizes encounter range

$35,000

Improved tracking software

Increases response time for shark encounters

$10,000

Espresso machine

Occasionally prevents stamina loss from an encounter

$15,000

Specialists[edit]

Season 2

These are the seven specialist needed for the Nerd Patrol Achievement

Name Data bonus Specialty Location
Willie HA Ecologist Port Moresby
Debby HE Veterinarian Port Moresby
Monica SE Chemist Bamaga
Paul AG Wrangler Port Moresby
Eve RE Geneticist Lakefield
Lilly SO Psychologist Lakefield
Victoria FE Dietician Bamaga

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