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White Shark Recovery

September 07, 2014

New research reveals that Atlantic white sharks, which were hunted indiscriminately for almost two decades following the release of the movie Jaws, have slowly been making a comeback.

White shark, dark on top, white below, mouth open with teeth visible.

According to a recently published study, the population of great white sharks off the U.S. Atlantic coast is growing. Maybe you've already heard about this—it's been in the news a lot this summer.

Today we have two NOAA biologists on the line, including the lead author of that study, to talk with us about what drove the precipitous decline in white sharks a few decades ago, and what exactly is behind their recovery.

The lead author of that study, Tobey Curtis, is a shark scientist with NOAA's Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.

Learn More

Read the article on the historic trends in abundance of white sharks that appeared in the scientific journal, PLOS ONE.

Learn about the Apex Predators Program.

Read more about the study of white shark abundance in the Northwest Atlantic from NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

Learn more about our historical knowledge of sharks from Aristotle to the present day.


Last updated by Office of Communications on March 24, 2022