An unprecedented gathering of baby great white sharks near the Monterey Bay shoreline this week has scientists as curious as the public about what happens next. The arrival of more sharks, perhaps even the giant great whites on the tails of these smaller ones? Or their departure from local beaches to the sites of large elephant seal populations for feeding?
Most of the sharks are 8- to 12-foot juveniles, part of a rookery that has been displaced north by the gathering strength of an El Niño, said Sean Van Sommeran, executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. “It’s the same process of dynamics and water currents that has driven sea lions north,” Van Sommeran said. “In Monterey Bay, we’ve seen triggerfish, needlefish (species common off Mexico). The currents are really warm.” FULL REPORT