Beach Babies: White Shark Nurseries of the Northeast Pacific
Lecture date: November 2, 2017. Chris Lowe, professor of marine biology and director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, discusses what researchers think makes for a good white shark nursery and predictions of where the next ones might develop.
Coastal waters, particularly areas with high seal and sea lion densities, can be important feeding grounds for white sharks. Female white sharks also come into coastal waters to give birth to their young, which have been found to use shallow open beach habitats and bays as nurseries. These areas provide safety, easily obtained food, and warm temperatures. Researchers have learned all this using a variety of new technologies, like acoustic and satellite transmitters, autonomous underwater and aerial vehicles (spybots), and underwater camera stations.