November 24, 2003
Researchers from the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation went to Isla
Guadalupe to study great white sharks. Sean Van Sommeran/Contributed
Area researchers track migration of great whites
Sentinel staff report
SANTA CRUZ — Researchers at the Santa Cruz-based Pelagic Shark
Research Foundation recently returned from a trip to Isla Guadalupe,
where they continued their studies of great white sharks.
On the small volcanic island, roughly 225 miles off the coast of San
Diego, the group tracked sharks in their ocean migration.
One of the animals, wearing a satellite transmitter attached by the
researchers earlier this year, had recently come from Año Nuevo Island,
just north of Santa Cruz.
Researchers say their work will help determine kinship relations between
different types of sharks as well as help monitor the illegal shark-fin
The remote location is also home to large elephant seal and sea lion
colonies, and teems with tuna and marine mammals.
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