OCEARCH expedition confirms great white shark nursery off Long Island
A Park City, Utah-based great white shark research organization has confirmed the existence of a great white shark nursery off New York's Long Island.
The OCEARCH expedition told reporters that the waters off Long Island's Montauk Point are a great white shark nursery, and that it is the first in the study of sharks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.
Robert Hueter, the chief scientist for the OCEARCH expedition, said that nine newborn sharks tagged by them largely remained in the area, supporting their claim that the waters are a "true nursery" for great whites.
Announcing the existence of the great white nursery, Hueter added, "The tracking confirms they're in fact hanging around this area, feeding and growing."
It may be noted here that OCEARCH has also been embroiled in a dispute with Massachusetts' shark researchers, who accused the organization of encroaching into state waters without a permit. In response, OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer argued that his research team has legally remained in federal waters, adding that he was saddened and shocked by the entire issue.
Fischer also announced that his organization would wrap up its months of research work in the region on Friday, October 7, 2016.
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