South Africa’s Great White Sharks ‘Facing Extinction’
(Click to enlarge) A great white shark cruises off the Australian coast. (Credit: Fred Bavendam, Minden/Corbis)
South Africa’s great white shark population is heading for possible extinction after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers. A six year study of the country’s coastal waters concluded that only 350 to 500 great white sharks remain.
(From The BBC)– This is half the level previously thought, the researchers from Stellenbosch University said. The team said trophy hunting, pollution, shark nets and baited hooks were among the reasons for the decline. “The numbers in South Africa are extremely low,” said head researcher Sara Andreotti. “If the situation stays the same, South Africa’s great white sharks are heading for possible extinction.”
Read the full story »