Scientists discovers cafe of white shark in Pacific Ocean
New Delhi : Possibly, a "White Shark Café"! In an attempt to explore the mighty Pacific Ocean, scientists have discovered a giant White Shark between California and Hawaii. The sharks are resting in an area similar to the size of Colorado and the place seems to be hangout zone for this great marine animals. However, researchers are unclear if the sharks are there for food or sex.
Researchers from Monterey bay Aquarium and Stanford University are trying to determine why these sharks spend months deep in the sea, especially during winter and spring season. Some believe that the sharks are out there to feast on the abundant amount of squid and small fish in the region, while others are confused.
“They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about,” Salvador Jorgensen, a research scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and one of the expedition’s leaders, told the paper.
Theoretically, the area where the sharks flock to was referred to as the oceanic version of the Sahara desert.
During the exploration, researchers used equipment to monitor the sharks’ movement and found sharks taking unusually deep dives – up to 3,000 feet – and also noticed male sharks behaved differently from females. Male sharks moved up and down the water in what was described as a V-shape, and swam in the formation up to 140 times a day.
“Either they are eating something different or this is related in some way to their mating,” Jorgensen said.
“What we’ve learned through the progression of our research is that this mid-water layer is extremely important for white sharks,” he said. “They are swimming in these layers, tracking [prey] day and night. ... It’s a game of hide-and-seek.”