|Despite Protections, White Shark Numbers Lower Than Anticipated|
Posted by on March 15, 2011 at 16:09:46:|
A survey study led by University of California/Davis researcher Taylor Chappie has found far fewer white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, then originally estimated. This shark, along with the killer whale, is the primary apex predator found along much of the U.S. West Coast, helping to control the number of sea lions and seals. Since the 1990ís white sharks have enjoyed protection from take along the California coast under legislation that was drafted by PCFFA and carried by then California Assemblyman Dan Hauser (D-Arcata). California was the first government in the world to fully protect white shark.
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