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If You’re Scared of Sharks, Check Out This Video Mapping Out Their Locations


With Shark Week come and gone already this year, we can now go from shark-crazed fanboy-dom back to thinking about them only when there’s a sighting off the coast, or Jaws happens to be on TV. Agreed? Agreed.

… Well, maybe for us, but researchers at the University of New England, however, seem determined to keep sharks in the news, at least for the time being. At least it’s for a cool reason, rather than a frightening one. Check out these videos from the Portland Press Herald about tracking Porbeagle sharks off the Maine coast:

According to the PPH, the porbeagle shark is not considered a threat to us humans, even though they grow up to roughly 8 feet long. They are often confused for Great Whites, which doesn’t surprise us, given that most people assume whatever shark is barreling towards them is a Great White. It┬ámakes for a better story around the bar, at least.

The PPH writes that UNE researchers tagged a pregnant female shark in the group they’re tracking, which is actually a first! There are some gaps in the data, however, as the sharks sometimes stay submerged for days at a time.

 

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