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Nova Scotia Great White Shark Tagging Program
By Joseph Tepper, August 13, 2018 @ 12:50 PM (EST)
Source: The Chronicle Herald

When you think of worldwide hotspots for seeing great white sharks there are some obvious locales. Guadalupe, Mexico? Si. South Africa? Ja. Australia? Yep.

But there is also growing interest to study the great white sharks in the waters off of Canada’s Nova Scotia—and a new tagging program aims to provide insight into this secretive population. Researchers from OCEARCH will conduct an expedition in September in hopes of identifying a potential mating aggregation in the North Atlantic.

“This is one of those expeditions where it’s proper ocean exploration,” OCEARCH co-founder Chris Fischer told The Chronicle Herald. “We don’t know what we’re going to find out there. We believe, because of the tracks of Hilton, that it is a mating aggregation that is occurring up there, in that Mahone Bay region.”

Interest in the area’s great white sharks peaked when a tagged specimen named “Hilton” traveled up the coast from South Carolina all the way to Nova Scotia. Scientists suspect the 15-foot adult male traveled to the great white north to mate. Read more about Nova Scotia’s burgeoning great white shark research niche, here.

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