A large white female shark is currently swimming more than 1,000 km from the northeast coast of the United States because pregnant; it seeks to avoid males wishing to mate, according to experts.
Scientists have been tracking the 15-foot-long shark over 900 kg on a device since September 2019, the Daily Mail reported.
The female, named Unama’ki, has been tagged off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada, as shown in images published by the British newspaper.
Since then, it has remained close to the coast, taking seven months to descend to Mexico Bay.
But last month, researchers observed that Unama’ki left the east coast of the United States and sank deeper into the ocean.
Experts say that in addition to avoiding attempts to mate the males, the water temperature is more favourable for young sharks. Also, the food sources are ideal for the little ones.
KEY DATA ON THE SPECIES THANKS TO UNAMA’KI
Researchers from OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that studies great white sharks and other large predators, track the female using a device placed on her dorsal fin.
Thanks to the device, providing them with data on its movements, they hope to identify the key sites for the species and obtain more information for its conservation.
Unama’ki may soon return to waters off Nova Scotia, Canada if the data the experts have collected is accurate.
To date, the team believes that there are two subpopulations of great white sharks in these waters and that one of them may congregate near Nova Scotia.