Keeping Up With White Sharks

Jul 8, 2015

  Researchers have come up with an estimate of the number of great white sharks that circulate in the waters off the northern California coast. And there are not as many as you might guess.

George Burgess directs the shark research program at the University of Florida's Museum of Natural History.
Credit University of Florida

  Sharks are generally solitary creatures, says George Burgess, but they can be found in sizable groups at locations where their preferred food sources are abundant.

 

The Sonoma and Marin coast is dotted with such “aggregation” sites for the Whites, Burgess adds, such as Goat Rock Beach near Jenner, and around the mouth of Tomales Bay.