Great white sharks’ se­cret ren­dezvous

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

HAL­I­FAX— The Ocearch re­search team came to Nova Sco­tia this fall on a hunch.

Could the move­ments of two tagged great white sharks — dubbed Hilton and Ly­dia — sug­gest the mys­te­ri­ous preda­tors have an undis­cov­ered mat­ing site off Canada’s At­lantic Coast?

The team hoped to cap­ture and tag one shark on their first Nova Sco­tia foray.

In­stead, they saw more than 10 sharks, col­lected sam­ples from seven, and tagged six.

Ex­pe­di­tion leader Chris Fis­cher was to leave Nova Sco­tia Satur­day af­ter wrap­ping what he called an “his­toric” ex­pe­di­tion that of­fered an “enor­mous break­through” and opened new hori­zons for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work to solve the com­pli­cated puz­zle of the en­dan­gered North At­lantic white shark pop­u­la­tion.

“It was re­ally sur­pris­ing to come up here and see so many an­i­mals,” the Amer­i­can re­searcher said. “I think that there’s a life­time of work to do up here based on what we saw, for many peo­ple.”

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