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Researchers on the hunt for white sharks off Nova Scotia

Credit: Canadian Press - Affiliate
Published on September 21, 2018 - Duration: 03:20s

Researchers on the hunt for white sharks off Nova Scotia

A research team says they are trying to “unravel some of the mysteries” of Atlantic white sharks with an expedition off Nova Scotia.

Ocearch science adviser Bob Hueter says the group has evidence of mature adult sharks in the area.

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Researchers on the hunt for white sharks off Nova Scotia

CAPTION: A research team says they are trying to “unravel some of the mysteries” of Atlantic white sharks with an expedition off Nova Scotia.

Ocearch science adviser Bob Hueter says the group has evidence of mature adult sharks in the area.

(Sept.

21, 2018) 1.

SOUNDBITE: Bob Hueter, Ocearch chief science adviser 2.

SOUNDBITE: Chris Fischer, Ocearch founder PLACELINE: Lunenburg, N.S.

CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Not far off Nova Scotia's rough-hewn shoreline, scientists on board an aging crab boat lay in wait for one of the marine world's greatest _ and most mysterious _ predators.

The researchers are busy ``working the water'' _ dunking bits of fish in hopes of drawing a great white shark close enough to catch it and very carefully direct it onto their large boat.

Once they get a shark on board, the Ocearch team plans to afix it with several satellite tags that can collect data identifying everything from water temperature and salinity levels to its movements and feeding behaviours.

They're hoping the information can help them answer a central question _ whether Nova Scotia may be a second mating site for Atlantic white sharks, something scientists say could be key to protecting the endangered species.

``We're up here trying to solve the puzzle of the North Atlantic white shark population,'' Dr. Bob Hueter, chief scientific advisor for the Ocearch expedition, said Thursday just outside the mouth of Lunenburg harbour on the first day of the team's three-week expedition.

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