Black Tip Shark
Black Tip Shark swimming over a coral reef. © Tim Calver

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Sharks are Snowbirds Too!

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Sharks are Snowbirds Too! Seasonal Abundance of Blacktip Sharks in Southeast Florida

Speaker: Dr. Stephen M. Kajiura, Florida Atlantic University

Blacktip sharks aggregate by the thousands in nearshore waters of Southeast Florida every winter. For the past decade, FAU has monitored shark abundance as they overwinter along our coast and migrate up the eastern seaboard.  It has been found that these sharks have shifted their distribution to higher latitudes in response to warming oceans. In the future, Southeast Florida might actually be deprived of these seasonally important predators, which could have cascading effects throughout the food chain.

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