First-Ever Great White Sharks Nursery Found

Posted: Aug 26 2016, 1:07pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 26 2016, 1:46pm CDT , in Latest Science News


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First-Ever Great White Sharks Nursery Found
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  • Birthing Site of Great White Sharks found on North Atlantic Coast

A birthing site of great white sharks has been found on the North Atlantic Coast. This is a source of delight for marine biologists.

Ocearch has a dedicated team of researchers and scientists. They have managed to find a birthing site of great white sharks off the North Atlantic Coast. This discovery was made after 26 forays into the wild waters.

This nursery of baby sharks exists in Montauk, Long Island. The moment a shark enters a hydraulic lift, the researchers come into the area. Tagging the baby sharks has become a routine and standard procedure at the site.

The founder of Ocearch said that when the project got off the ground some three to four years ago, the basic query was which place these sharks were going to give birth. Their vulnerability was evident from the start.

“It’s kind of like step two in the science,” said Chris Fischer, founder of Ocearch and the expedition’s leader told CBSNews.

“When we started this work... back in 2012, 2013, the real question was where are these sharks in the North Atlantic giving birth? Because that’s where they’re most vulnerable.”

With the discovery of the North Atlantic nursery, better care and upkeep of these sharks can be managed by the group of marine scientists and conservationists.

The importance and significance of the area cannot be over-emphasized. That is because it is a unique preserve of animals. The life stages they go through at this site are worthy of research and observation.

The study of sharks is one of the most exciting sub-fields of marine biology. As these great white sharks give birth after birth, the sense of anticipation among the conservationists seems to grow apace.

Besides tagging the animals, the team of researchers is also analyzing the blood samples of the beasts and conducting muscle biopsies.

The time period each shark remains on the lift is 15 minutes. This discovery of the birthing site and the nursery are of chief importance in the annals of marine biology.

Whether these sharks have any links with great whites off the coast of Cape Cod remains a moot point. The tags did help to catch the adult females when they got pregnant and gave births later on.

The head of Ocearch has assured the media that his organization does not mean to harm these rare and precious animals in any way.

The tracking and monitoring is a part of the efforts to help these sharks live and flourish. To keep a record was the least his organization could do to maintain an inventory of the great white sharks.

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