Great white shark sighting in Mediterranean Sea described as ‘historic’

Great white shark sighting in Mediterranean Sea described as ‘historic’

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Great white shark sighting in Mediterranean Sea described as ‘historic’

Scientists encountered a 16-foot great white shark Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea in what appears to represent the first confirmed sighting of a white shark in Spanish waters in 30-plus years.

“In recent years there were possible unconfirmed sightings and various rumors, but this is the first scientific observation of the presence of Carcharodon [carcharias] in Spanish waters for at least 30 years,” the conservation group Alnitak announced on Facebook. “On this occasion, this historic sighting has been photographed, filmed and contemplated by a crew of 10 people from five countries.”

The sighting occurred off the Cabrera Archipelago National Park, part of the Balearic Islands off southern Mallorca (also referred to as Majorca).

The expedition was led by Dr. Ricardo Sagaraminaga Van Buitem a Spanish-Dutch marine biologist. The voyage involved students and other biologists from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Germany.

The group stayed with the adult white shark for more than an hour, but posted only the one photo on the Alnitak Facebook page.

Great white shark sightings are extremely rare throughout the Mediterranean.

The team is collecting data on sea turtles, sperm whales, dolphins, manta rays, and tuna. The expedition is focusing on the effects of micro-plastics on sea life.

–Photo courtesy of Alnitak

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