News & Opinion | September 21, 2018 5:00 am

Scientists Tracked Great White Sharks To A Colorado-Sized Lair in the Pacific Ocean

Researchers are calling the area the "White Shark Café."

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Great white shark off the coast of Mexico. (Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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In order to study great white sharks and their migration patterns, scientists tagged sharks off the coast of California, allowing researchers to hone in on certain areas of the Pacific Ocean. Tracking signals led them to an area roughly the size of Colorado, found between Mexico and Hawaii.

“We have doubled the current 20-year data set on white shark diving behaviors and environmental preferences in just three weeks,” said Barbara Block, a Stanford University marine biologist, to CNN. 

The scientists are now calling this area, which they had previously believed was devoid of wildlife, the “White Shark Café.” They are currently studying the sharks to see if they are going to the area for food or mating.

The tags used by the researchers are designed to pop-up to the ocean surface so they can be collected by researchers. They measure depth, water temperature and light level.