Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stanford University identified, between California and Hawaii, a region in the Pacific Ocean, as big as Colorado, that appears to be a huge white shark lair. However, the discovery is puzzling the researchers as they still don’t know whether the sharks are there for food or to breed.
As reported yesterday by the San Francisco Chronicle, the investigators are still struggling to determine why these sharks spend several months per year during their annual journeys to the deep sea. Apparently, these white sharks gather in such large amounts at the so-called “white shark lair” to feast on the squid and small fish in the region.
“They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about,” said Salvador Jorgensen, a scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and one of the leaders of the new expedition that uncovered the white shark lair in the Pacific Ocean.
Scientists found a huge white shark lair in the Pacific Ocean
During the autumn of 2017, researchers used equipment to monitor the sharks’ movement and discovered that some white sharks in that region between California and Hawaii, in the Pacific Ocean, were taking abnormally deep dives, up to 3,000 feet under the water.
They also found that white shark males had a distinct behavior in comparison with the females. Accordingly, the males were moving up and down in a kind of a V-shape and swam in the formation for about 140 times on a daily basis.
“Either they are eating something different, or this is related in some way to their mating. What we’ve learned through the progression of our research is that this mid-water layer is extremely important for white sharks. They are swimming in these layers, tracking prey day and night. It’s a game of hide-and-seek,” explained Salvador Jorgensen.
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