Great white shark population is booming, researchers say
As summer begins and people spend more time in the ocean, researchers are on the verge of learning more about the mysterious apex predators swimming beneath the surface. On a research vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, twelve miles off the coast of North Carolina, a group of scientists is studying and tracking great white sharks.
“We’re seeing an ocean that’s teeming with life like we haven’t seen since the 40s or 50s,” Chris Fisher, founder of the research organization OSARCH, told CBS News.
Ocearch has been studying and tagging great white sharks for the past decade. In that time, Fisher has seen an increase in the number of white sharks.
Covered by CBS News. Ocearch first event to tag a great white In 2012, a 15-foot shark that Fisher called at the time perhaps “the most important fish we ever caught in our lives.”
Ocearch has now studied more than 90 great white sharks, tracking their migration patterns online.
“We know almost everything except to prove where they meet,” Fisher said.
CBS News observed that the bait was thrown into the water, prompting sharks to emerge and surround the vessel. After a female shark was lifted aboard for about 15 feet, the researchers worked quickly, almost like a NASCAR pit crew, to install satellite tags, draw blood and even perform an ultrasound, all while What happened when the shark was awake? They only have 15 minutes to get the animal out of the water. The team pumped seawater through the shark’s gills to make sure it was breathing.
Within minutes, samples were collected for 24 different scientific studies, including one that will test the shark’s hormone levels to determine if she is mating.
Chief Scientist Dr. Bob Hueter says a healthy shark population is better for the entire planet.
“As we bring them back, we then rebalance the ocean and reset the system so our health is optimal. [not only] For the sharks, but for myself,” Hueter said.
“We really need to retrain ourselves how to play and enjoy a more wild, abundant ocean,” Fisher said of the fact that great white sharks swim among us.
“Look at it before you go in the ocean,” Fisher added. “You don’t want to go into a bait ball that has birds diving and fishing on it because the sharks are going to be on it. Of course if you see a mountain lion stalking a herd of elk, the elk. Not walking in the middle of the herd. So we have to approach the water the same way we approach the land.”