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ADOPT A WHITE SHARK
To ensure your adoption has as much impact as possible, your contribution will support White Shark research undertaken by Point Blue Conservation Science in the Farallon Islands, who are working to improve our understanding of these magnificent predators.
ABOUT WHITE SHARKS
The White Shark, otherwise known as the Great White Shark, is found in temperate seas all over the world including the Mediterranean, with larger specimens also found in the tropics. Genetic analysis shows that Mediterranean White Sharks' closest relatives are Australian White Sharks...it's thought just one Australian White Shark (or maybe a few individuals) made a wrong turn around 450,000 years ago, and decided to stay.
White Sharks undertake huge migrations - a tagged White Shark nicknamed 'Nicole' was recorded swimming from South Africa to Western Australia....and back again - a distance of 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometres)!
Scientists estimate their life-span to be 70 years or more - making them one of the longest-lived shark, skate,ray or chimaera!
ABOUT POINT BLUE
The Farallon Islands are recognised as one of the best places in the world to study White Sharks in their natural environment.
In 1987 Point Blue biologists began documenting and observing White Sharks from atop the island at the Farallon lighthouse, where they continue to do so today. Their Shark Watch and Population Monitoring Project monitors shark movements and predation, as well as environmental change, population trends and behaviour patterns of prey.
In 1997 Point Blue documented the attack on a White Shark by an orca and the subsequent disappearance of White Sharks from the waters around the island, an event that repeated itself in the autumn of 2000.
The research undertaken by Point Blue has gained widespread recognition and led directly to a 1994 California State Assembly bill protecting White Sharks in the state.
When you adopt a White Shark you'll not only be helping to fund key research but we’ll also send you an adoption pack presented in a shark folder, which includes:
- Personalised certificate
- White Shark Factsheet
- A4 poster
- Car sticker
- Set of eight postcards
WHITE SHARK GALLERY
The images below have been provided by photographers from around the world.
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