How are Endothermy, Climate Change, and Increased White Shark Sightings Related?
Endothermy is a pretty special physical feature of white sharks, but did you know they aren't born with this capability!?
Instead, it develops as they get older. I learned that for the first time at a lecture where both Dr. Chris Lowe and Dr. Aaron Carlysle presented their research regarding the movements of white sharks (and other lamnid sharks) along the California coast and how water temperature affects these movements. Why is that significant?
There's been a bit of hype the last two years regarding increased sightings of white sharks in California, sometimes in areas and times of the year, we don't expect them. There's a pretty good chance these are juvenile white sharks that have altered their normal course, but why? For that, you'll have to watch the video.
Many people won't take the time to read research papers, so I turn the research into quick videos like these, but, for those of you interested in learning more, here's a link to Dr. Lowe's work
And Dr. Carylsle's presentation can actually be found on Youtube via Moss Landing Marine Labs.
Specifically, thank you, Dr. Lowe, for sharing your Power Point presentation. Footage shot by Skyler Thomas for White Shark Video unless otherwise stated. Segments of both the researchers' data appear in the video. White shark footage in the bonus section provided by Skyler Thomas and Andy Dellios.
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