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White sharks: finding mates nearby

Photo: Yannis Papastamatiou

Photo: Yannis Papastamatiou

Publication specs

Title: Genetic Diversity of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in the Northwest Atlantic and Southern Africa
Authors: Shannon J. O’Leary, Kevin A. Feldheim, Andrew T. Fields, Lisa J. Natanson, Sabine Wintner, Nigel Hussey, Mahmood S. Shivji, and Demian D. Chapman 
Journal: Journal of Heredity
Year: 2015

Would you want to swim across the ocean to find a mate? Probably not, and neither do great white sharks. A recent study showed that white sharks are breeding on the side of the Atlantic Ocean where they were born despite their tendency to venture into the open ocean. The results revealed two distinct populations of white sharks, separated by the vast Atlantic Ocean. This implies that effective conservation measures would be separate and local, both in the Southern African nations and in the Northwest Atlantic. Luckily, white sharks are federally protected in both locations, which means this study’s findings validate current protection measures.

Photo: Katie Flowers

Photo: Katie Flowers

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