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By: Sarah Sharkey
Researchers recently tracked Great White Sharks around their Pacific territories. The sharks lead them to a new habitat area that seems to be crucial for Great White Sharks. The tagging effort has been happening for over a decade, but the yearly journey to the middle of the ocean left scientists confused, until now.
The habitat is in a seemingly barren part of the ocean, but it was actually full of life. Squid, jellyfish, and a menagerie of other sea creatures live in the area. The sharks swim for approximately a month to get to this watery oasis. Once the sharks get in the area, they dive down to a mid-water zone that extends down approximately 3,000 feet.
The study leaders at Stanford and Monterey Bay Aquarium are delving more into this mid-water zone to find out more about the life of these sharks. Salvador Jorgensen, a scientist working on the project had this to say, “The story of the white shark tells you that this area is vitally important in ways we never knew about. They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about.”
The researchers hope to find out more about this deep sea oasis soon.
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