11 Dec '11, 3am

When great white sharks attack - and how seals try to get away | Nature | The Earth Times

When great white sharks attack - and how seals try to get away | Nature | The Earth Times

Great white shark via Shutterstock Scientists have shed new light on what they call 'predator-prey interactions in the marine environment', or to put it more simply, why great white sharks are such bad news for Cape fur seals. The research team of Dr. Neil Hammerschlag from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a University of British Columbia scientist looked at the ways in which great white sharks go about getting their teeth into Cape fur seals in South Africa's False Bay. "Animal hunting in the ocean is rarely observed by humans," said Hammerschalg, director of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at UM. "The high frequency of attacks by great white sharks on seals at our study site in South Africa provides a very unique opportunity to uncover new insights about predator-prey relationships." The paper examines how the sh...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/great-white-sharks-attac...

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