Nice white sharks lurked close to swimmers, surfers 97% of the time in drone examine

As nice white sharks make their method again north to Cape Cod for the summer time and fall, shark researchers have launched “stunning” outcomes from a 2-year drone examine — displaying that apex predators got here very near folks, however merely moved round them or ignored them utterly.

The examine alongside southern California seashores checked out how shut juvenile white sharks get to people, reminiscent of waders, swimmers, surfers, and stand-up paddle boarders.

The researchers from Cal State Lengthy Seashore Shark Lab revealed that at juvenile white shark aggregation websites, folks had been close to sharks on 97% of the times surveyed. And throughout the two-year drone examine, there have been no reported shark bites in any of the surveyed places.

“Frankly, we had been shocked,” Christopher Lowe, professor of marine biology and director of CSULB Shark Lab, informed the Herald on Monday. “Sharks would work together with folks each single day, a number of occasions a day, and they might simply swim by.

“It was stunning that these occurrences had been occurring so typically,” Lowe added. “And the truth that nobody was being bitten smacks within the face of the misperception that if there’s a white shark close by, you’ll be attacked. This exhibits that’s not the case.”

Greater than 1,500 drone surveys had been performed from 2019 by 2021 throughout 26 completely different southern California seashores to measure human-juvenile white shark habitat overlap.

The juvenile white sharks had been typically noticed inside 50 yards of the place the waves break, placing surfers and stand-up paddle boarders within the closest proximity to sharks. Some sharks had been seen as shut as 2 yards from the wave break.

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