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Are tourists disturbing white sharks off California?

Over the next five years NOAA will study potential disturbances to white sharks due to research and tourism in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
The project builds on a preliminary analysis from a 2010 looking into the effects of placing small satellite transmitters on white sharks
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The study will also look into the practice of shark dive tourism operations using artificial seal decoys to attract sharks.

Each fall, white sharks frequent the waters of the sanctuary where elephant seals and sea lions are abundant.

The public has an opportunity to review and comment draft proposal that evaluates a range of potential white shark research techniques that might be used in the sanctuary, including the use of tracking devices, decoys, chum and shark cages.

 
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