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National Marine Fisheries Service

Great white shark population is healthy and growing, new census shows

Great white shark population is healthy and growing, new census shows

A new census study shows there are more than 2,400 white sharks off California and suggests that existing protective measures should be maintained because they are increasing the size and health of the population. The study by a 10-member team led by George H. Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, bolsters a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determination that the eastern Pacific Ocean population of great white sharks does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. “That we found these sharks are doing OK, better than OK, is a real positive in light of the fact that other shark populations are not necessarily doing as...

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