Falmouth, MA 02540
Thanks to the use of electronic tags and blue ocean research voyages, researchers are shedding new light on the behavior of great white sharks. Join the Sea Education Association (SEA) and Dr. Jan Witting, SEA Professor of Oceanography, for a free public lecture on this research, “Voyage to the White Shark Cafe.”
After feeding along the West Coast, adult great white sharks join in a massive, long-distance migration every winter to a remote sub-tropical patch of ocean midway between Hawaii and Baja that researchers have dubbed the “White Shark Café.” We know about this migration thanks to the use of satellite tags on these top predators — however, the question of why they go there remains unanswered.
Is there something special about this tract of the open Pacific Ocean that attracts the sharks? SEA Professor of Oceanography Jan Witting recently returned from a research cruise aboard the R/V Falkor with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, where a multi-institute team of scientists used an unprecedented array of tools from autonomous drones to ROVs to study the ocean around the sharks to shed new light on this mysterious pilgrimage.
Refreshments will be served.