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Great White shark research

Great White shark research

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LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Great White shark research. Researcher preparing a transmitter dart for use on Great White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). The researchers attract the sharks using dead fish and whale blubber. When the Great White shark approaches close enough, they are tagged with a battery operated transmitter onto the dorsal fin using the dart, which is at the end of a long pole. This enables the researchers to track the sharks movements and behaviour. The Great White is the largest of the predatory sharks, reaching a length of over 6 metres. They feed mainly on seals, turtles and fish. Attacks on humans are rare and more likely due to mistaken identity. Photographed in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.

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