Sunday, December 30, 2007

Great White shark sets a record during her trip to Australia

A female great white shark nicknamed Kerri who was tagged off Stewart Island has appeared at the Great Barrier Reef, setting a new distance record for a local shark.

Kerri's 3000km trip also provides evidence that New Zealand great whites travel to Australia.
The 4.4 metre shark carried an electronic tag for 9 months, recording the shark's movements.
"Our tagging results show these sharks can be highly mobile, though they may also hang around seal colonies for several months at a time," said Department of Conservation scientist Clinton Duffy.

"Australian tagged sharks have turned up in New Zealand waters; and now for the first time we have evidence that this is a two-way process. Our results suggest that white sharks in the south-west Pacific may comprise a single population".


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