Despite the enormous scientific and public interest in white sharks, large gaps in our understanding of this species remain. Cape Cod has become an aggregation site for great white sharks, presenting a rare and incredible research opportunity.
“For the first time, modern scientists have predictable access to white sharks in the North Atlantic and the ability to study their life history and ecology over multiple spatial and temporal scales,” explains leading shark expert, Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF).
White sharks have been studied in California and other areas of the world for over two decades. However, on the east coast of the United States there is very little known about this species. In 2009, DMF biologists, Dr. Greg Skomal and John Chisholm were the first to successfully tag and track great whites in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean using high tech tags. We now have the ability to track local and long range movements, study behavior and biology, and estimate population size.
DMF, relies, in part, on outside funding to conduct its white shark research. By taking action now and making a tax deductible donation to AWSC, you can help support white shark research conducted by DMF and other scientists as well as the overall mission of the AWSC.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is collaborating with several institutions and researchers on white shark studies. Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is providing funding and/or in-kind support for the following studies:
I. The trophic ecology of white sharks in the western North Atlantic
S. Thorrold – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
II. The reproductive stage of white sharks in the western North Atlantic
J. Sulikowski – University of New England
III. A comparative analysis of DNA sequence variation in the white shark within and among ocean basins
G. Naylor – College of Charleston