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.
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.