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Study: Great white sharks are swimming farther and deeper

FILE  In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, Massachusetts shark expert Greg Skomal pulls the cap off a blood sample taken from an Atlantic great white shark before performing blood gas analysis. FILE In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, Massachusetts shark expert Greg Skomal pulls the cap off a blood sample taken from an Atlantic great white shark before performing blood gas analysis. | Photo: (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File).

October 06, 2017 02:47 AM

By PHILIP MARCELO
Associated Press
    
BOSTON (AP) - Researchers in Massachusetts say great white sharks in the Atlantic Ocean are venturing offshore farther, with more frequency and at greater depths than previously known.
    
Sharks tagged as part of a multiyear study ended up as far east as the Azore islands off the coast of Portugal and took dives as deep as 3,700 feet (1,127 meters) below the surface.
    
The findings were published last week in the scientific journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.
    
Gregory Skomal, the study's lead author, says the work has implications for Atlantic white shark conservation efforts since it extends their known habitat.
    
The research team included state biologists and scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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