Population of Great White Shark Increasing off U.S. and Canada Coasts

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A just completed study revealed that the great white shark population is increasing in the coastal waters surrounding Canada and the U.S.

The great white shark is also referred to by other names like the great white, white death, white shark and white pointer. The white sharks primarily are found in the surface waters on the coast in all of the largest oceans across the globe.

The shark is known very well for its huge size. A mature great white can reach as big as 21 feet in length but some reports have suggested they could reach as long as 26 feet in length.

There has been a decline in the great white shark population. However, efforts of conservation and protection of the species has seemed to be fruitful.

A recent report suggests that the white shark population has now become stabilized. Other reports say it is growing in certain areas of the world.

A recent study showed that researchers traced the population of the white shark in different oceans and compared their findings to data collected that started as far back as 1977.

The researchers claim the population of the white sharks of the east coast of Canada and the United States in the North Atlantic has increased to more than 2,000, which is a healthy number said scientists.

However, researchers said problems are still faced in attempting to collect data on the white sharks.

The scientists said that despite advances recently in field research on the sharks in different regions, opportunistic sighting and capture records remain the information that is primary used.

The overall population of the white shark is thought to be very critical ecologically. Since it is an apex predator, which means they are on the top of the food chain, the shark contributes to controlling the populations of other water species.

The study suggested that even with an increase in the white shark population, the protection and conservation efforts need to be improved going forward.

Another separate study suggests that white sharks numbers in the northeastern Pacific Ocean are also on the rise.

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