Wednesday, Feb 3 at 12:00PM –
Over the past decade, Cape Cod has emerged as the only known aggregation site for white sharks in the western North Atlantic. The now-predictable presence of this species is linked to the regional population recovery of gray seals, which are preyed upon by white sharks close to shore. For more than a decade, the MA Division of Marine Fisheries and collaborators have been studying the ecology, behavior, and natural history of white sharks off the east coast of the US. Using state-of-the-art tagging technology, the focus of their current research has been to gain a better understanding of where, when, and how white sharks hunt their prey. This presentation will highlight this research as we attempt to develop a science-based strategy for mitigating potential shark and human conflicts.