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Mossel Bay research study boosts understanding of sharks

by Selwyn Bergman
on 24 Jul 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

A recent study conducted in the Mossel Bay area has revealed some remarkable behavioural patterns of sharks in the vicinity. The findings have provoked international interest and is the subject of a National Geographic documentary to be released at a later date.

Dr Ryan Johnson, who operates a private research company called South African Marine Predator Lab (Sampla) and who acted as project leader of the study commented that: "It's extraordinary how much time they spend just behind the breakers."

The area is a favourable hunting ground for the marine predator due to the seal-breeding colony at nearby Seal Island, and its sheltered location. Sharks exhibit a high degree of residency at the location, remaining there for between six to eight months of the year. This is in contrast to more exposed areas where sharks tend to leave after shorter periods of time.

Johnson is currently promoting the documentary in New York City.

Further reading:
* Startling Great White discoveries
* Huge global audience anticipated for SA doccie

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