For reasons ranging from pollution to human activities like trophy hunting and aqua sports, the ingenious South African great white sharks are fast depleting and are facing possible extinction.
After an extensive study, researchers have found that the great white sharks have halved in the past 6 years. They say that only about 350 to 500 of them are remaining in the coastal waters.
“The numbers in South Africa are extremely low.”
“If the situation stays the same, South Africa’s great white sharks are heading for possible extinction.”– Sara Andreotti, Head Researcher.
Nature enthusiasts have also recognized that unfavorable fishing technique have also affected the survival rates of the endangered species.
The research to ascertain the future of the great white sharks was carried out in the Gansbaai area near Cape Town. The spot is famous for recreational activities like cage shark diving.
“We have come to the conclusion that South Africa’s white sharks faced a rapid decline in the last generation and that their numbers might already be too low to ensure their survival.”– Sara Andreotti
As South Africa stands the risk of losing all her white sharks, scientists have found that they still exist is considerably high numbers in the coasts of Australia, Canada and the United States.
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The sharks are known as the leading ocean predator in South Africa. They are a tourist interest in South Africa. Aqua-friendly tourists are caged down into the ocean so they can see the great shark. These cages have affected the life span of the sharks.
“Shark nets used to protect swimmers and surfers killed more than 1,000 great whites off the Durban coast in the 30 years up to 2008, while trophy hunting and pollution also killed off large numbers of a species which can trace its lineage back 14 million years.”– Reuters.
Scientists worry that the continual depletion of the aqua specie can and will affect ecological balance.