Long Island Could Be A Great White Shark Breeding Ground, Researchers Say

Dustin Wicksell

Great white sharks may be one of the most fascinating species to inhabit the oceans, but precious little is known about their life cycle, migratory patterns, and day-to-day habits. All that is changing with the advent of dedicated research, however, and a new expedition currently seeking funding is aiming to study a possible white shark breeding ground just off Long island.

When most people hear that there is a problem with great white sharks in the ocean, it's understandable that they immediately think of attacks. Media coverage during the 20th century and the early years of the 21st generally painted great white sharks as mindless killing machines, as the Washington Post notes, seemingly bent on seeking out human victims. That incorrect perception of sharks is gradually changing, however, thanks to the efforts of conservation groups like the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Ocearch.

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Ocearch's next expedition is planned for the seas off Long Island. As Fischer notes, the area is a prime candidate for a great white shark nursery, based on data gleaned from previously tagged sharks.

"We've tagged five great whites on the east coast of the U.S., and based on some of their migratory patterns, we suspect Long Island, New York may be a birthing site."

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"Not only will this expedition benefit New York in terms of helping change the perception of sharks from that of fear to one of curiosity and fascination, but it will allow the rest of the world to follow along on the Global Shark Tracker and learn about sharks at the same time as our scientists. The data coming from these sharks will help us understand the ecosystem off NY and manage the area toward a balanced abundant future."

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