Posts tagged ‘University of California Davis’

March 9, 2011

Where Have all the Great Whites gone?

by Accidental Bear

I am a water baby and often daydream of living under the sea. I imagine the water of the Bay Area swarming with great white sharks. I obsessively stare at the surface of the water in an attempt to make a shark fin appear.  I know found out it’s much less likey than I had thought. I’ll have to lather myself in fish guts dump myself over board to getter a better look I guess. I’ll have to ask Lady Gaga how to best cover myself with dead animals and still look haute couture.

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Few great white sharks than scientists expected

Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer
Far fewer great white sharks ply California’s coastal waters than biologists had expected, according to the first-ever census of the predators’ population in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

In fact, scientists believe only 219 full-grown and near-adults hang out in the waters between Bodega Bay and Monterey each fall, feasting on seals and sea lions before roaming south to mate.

“The number seems incredibly low – it was very surprising for us,” said Taylor Chapple, who led the study as a post-doctoral student at UC Davis. “If you look at other protected marine mammals such as polar bears or killer whales, their populations are far bigger than white sharks.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/08/MNBB1I6GV4.DTL#ixzz1G799NJtr