Sunday, August 4, 2013

Shark Expert Suggests that Great White Population in New England Is Growing

According to James Sulikowski, a shark expert from the University of New England, anecdotal evidence suggest that the number of great whites along the coast of Maine is growing.

Mr. Sulikowski came to this conclusion after watching a recent video (see below) of a great white shark feeding on a whale carcass five miles off Boothbay Harbor.

He notes that warming waters in the Gulf of Maine is leading to more shark activity earlier in the year as these large predators follow their food sources closer to shore.

In a comment to the Portland Press Herald, he states, "I would be highly surprised if this was an isolated incident. ... Honestly, it's only a matter of time before we get a larger white population.  They're coming for food and we have a healthy seal population" 

Read the full article: Portland Press Herald.