Ocean Film Fest 2010: Where Do Great White Sharks Go? To The White Shark Cafe! (Video)
The White Shark Café is a remote area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, and it's the winter and spring habitat of great white sharks. It was coined in 2002 by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium who were studying the geolocation information of tagged sharks. While researchers know where the sharks hang out, they don't know why. White Shark Cafe follows researchers off the coast of San Francisco as they tag and track white sharks, hoping to find out more about why they congregate for long periods of time away from their primary food sources along the coastlines. Check out footage from the film, and meet one of the sharks, Omoo, who has his own Facebook page.
Since both male and female great whites have been tracked there, one early hypothesis was that mating occurred there. Continued studies have revealed that juvenile sharks also travel to the area, suggesting the trip serves some other purpose.
Maybe you can ask Omoo, one of the tagged sharks being studied. Contact him on Facebook!
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