1,400 Sharks Gathered off the waters of Nova Scotia

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

There are about 1,400 sharks gathered off the waters of Nova Scotia.

Typically when sharks gather in large numbers it is to feed.

In this case researchers aren't sure why they have gathered.

After studying over thirty years of data, scientists found that the sharks tend to gather in the summer and fall when temperatures on the sea’s surface ranged from 15 to 25 degrees.

The basking shark is a ram feeder, filtering zooplankton, very small fish, and invertebrates from the water with its gill rakers by swimming forwards with their mouths open.

The basking shark has long been a commercially important fish, as a source of food, shark fin, animal feed, and shark liver oil.

Overexploitation has reduced its populations to the point where some have disappeared and others need protection.

The Team

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