White Sharks Grow More Slowly Than Thought

Great White Shark Spotted Off Nauset Beach, MA


SouthCoastToday: New research by locally based scientists suggests that in the real world, the great white shark that starred in the movie “Jaws” might have been a very old fish indeed. A pair of marine biologists, one, Gregory Skomal at the New Bedford field office of Mass. Fisheries, the other, Lisa Natanson, at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Newport, Rhode Island, have done a major study of the growth and maturity rates of white sharks, and what they found is something of a genuine surprise.


The study concluded that white sharks in the western North Atlantic grow more slowly and mature much later than previously thought.


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