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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