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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Great white sharks head south for the winter

3 of 5  great white sharks which were  electronically tagged by scientists off the coast of Massachusetts  to help marine biologists  understand more about Great white shark behavior, have been found to have an interesting way of life.According to the website 

the sharks all headed south for the winter.

“It’s remarkable how little we know about one of the more charismatic, popular sharks in the world,” shark expert Greg Skomal, senior biologist at the state Division of Marine Fisheries, announced yesterday at the New England Aquarium.
Skomal said the tags started sending back signals Jan. 15.
Skomal hypothesizes that these sharks
will return to the waters off the coast of New England in the spring.

"The preliminary data indicate that the sharks remained in southern New England waters until late September before moving west and then south along the East Coast of the U.S. While off Massachusetts, the sharks demonstrated daily movement from the surface to depths below 100 feet."

"During their southern migration, the white sharks remained on the continental shelf and continued to rise and descend through the water column, on an almost daily basis. By mid to late October, they were off the coast of North Carolina. The first tags to surface indicate that two of the sharks arrived off the coast of northern Florida by early December, and remained in this region until their tags popped loose, as they are designed to do."
"Although the sharks moved between the surface and the bottom, they spent more than 90 percent of their time at depths less than 150 feet. One of the sharks exhibited a deviation from this pattern when it entered the Gulf Stream off North Carolina for 10 days in early November and exhibited daily dives to depths as great as 1,500 feet."
"The analysis of the first two tags show the sharks to which they were attached demonstrated seasonal residency off southern New England and northern Florida, two highly productive areas that likely provide ample feeding opportunities. The purpose of the deep diving behavior exhibited by one of the sharks remains a mystery, but such behavior is typical of white sharks off the Pacific Coast."

These sharks had closed beaches off Massachusetts when they were discovered swimming there:
you can watch this video from Youtube concerning this fact:

Here is a link to a CBS news story concerning one of these sharks:

Lets hope that scientists gain new information concerning Great white sharks which will help them understand shark
behavior to a deeper degree, as a means of ensuring these animals continue to be able to live in the waters of our 
planet for all eternity.

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