Great White Shark Tracker: Cape Cod Sharks Are ‘Not Aggressive?’ [UPDATE] [VIDEO]

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(Photo : REUTERS) A Great White shark swims past a cage off the coast of South Africa. Researchers in the Cape say that the sharks they have encountered are not aggressive.

Research teams studying great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod have made a surprising discovery.

According to CBS Boston, researchers who recently set out to track more than 20 sharks say that the sharks they have encountered are "not aggressive." The OCEARCH team says they've never experienced a "more nervous group of great white sharks."

The sources says that if sharks are more timid, it assures a heightened public safety. 

As previously reported, scientists from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution hope to collect new data on the sharks' feeding, breeding, and migration patterns. 

Scientists chose the region of Cape Cod, where shark populations have exploded in the past 10 years as seals, their food source, have also increased. Not much is known about the great white population in the Atlantic compared with shark populations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. 

"We are playing catch-up, and this is a huge part of that," said Dr. Greg Skomal, senior scientist with the Division of Marine Fisheries working on the expedition. "I see this as a golden opportunity to build on the foundation that we have created over the last four summers."

The data will most likely shed more light on where Atlantic sharks mate, travel, and eat. Click here to see a video on the upcoming research.




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