Several groups of scientists account for an interesting fact in the Atlantic Ocean. A great white shark nursery has recently been discovered, which means that the species is thriving. The so-called nursery is located in the North of the ocean, near Long Island.
Non-profit OCEARCH organization is one of the active groups which conduct research on great white sharks and other marine predators. Their researchers found the great white shark nursery and report that there are nine babies. They also noted that the newborns didn’t leave the area.
According to scientists, the nursery will be around for at least another year. Great white sharks don’t tend to live native areas at least until they are one year old. Researchers believe that the same Long Island place might be where adult sharks give birth.
Reports from other scientists account for different places where great white sharks mate and where newborn sharks develop and grow. Such places are Montauk Point, Cape Cod, and New Jersey. The waters around these areas are most likely to host such great white shark nurseries.
Specialists explain that great white sharks don’t tend to teach their babies surviving skills. This means that baby sharks are on their own quite early in life. This is why they are attracted to shallow waters, around the shores. Deep waters would expose them to threats such as predators. In addition to this, they still have to refine their hunting skills, which are crucial for survival.
The main aim of young sharks is finding food, as researchers state. They have to find ways of becoming great hunters quite soon, as now the cold season is approaching. Scientists explain that great white sharks are fond of warm waters. This is why they predict a migration of this population to the south.
Researchers at OCEARCH are pleased with the results of their work and this important finding. However, scientists in Massachusetts have doubts about the methods and the accuracy of the discovery. They believe that it is rather soon to conclude that there is a great white shark nursery in the Long Island waters.
However, the study at OCEARCH is based on proper methods, as leader Chris Fischer suggests. What they did was attract sharks and put tracking devices on them in order to be able to monitor them. These methods led them to the discovery of the nine great white shark babies.
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