It’s relatively easy to spot when and where a pregnant animal gives birth on land. But in the sea, it’s a whole different story.
Over the past few decades, researchers studying the elusive great white shark have pieced together a picture of their underwater lives: The adults seasonally travel between a remote region of the Pacific Ocean—dubbed the White Shark Café—and their feeding grounds in Central California and Mexico.
But where do females give birth, and where do the offspring grow up?
“We don’t know whether [the sharks] pup in-shore or off-shore,” explains the Aquarium’s Director of Collections John O’Sullivan. “We don’t even know whether they pup in American or Mexican waters.”
But in a paper recently published online…
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