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Great White Shark Territory

Posted by on November 6, 2012
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Bob Ward

Fiction author with a zest for adventure travel. Blogs, tweets, videos, and pins for research and fun. He also hosts Ward's Adventure Travel Research & Trip Journal, a weekly podcast available on EFN, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and more.

I typed this post heading into Google to start my research on where they roam. As a diver, what I’m looking for (what would be helpful) would be a map pinpointing their migratory track, as well as locations of known attacks on humans. I’m hoping to find a pattern, and to discover that they stay away from all the areas I might be. I already know you don’t go SCUBA diving within the ring of death near Cape Town, South Africa, where 12-20 Great White Sharks breach the water daily to nab fur seals off the shores of seal island. Also, everyone knows there are Great Whites around the Great Barrier Reef. But I want a map! And I want to know a lot more about actual reality than most everyone else. So I’m starting with Territory.

Here are search results I found interesting…

A decent map (but not of attacks, since attacks will be scattered randomly throughout their global range):

Knowing their global range, and why, is probably all we need to focus on. See notes below.




General Notes:

Sharks stick to temperate coastal waters mainly.

Sharks stick near a food supply (seals, sea lions, etc.)

Sharks migrate from California to Hawaii in the winter, possibly for mating purposes.

Shark Tagging research is being done by several groups, and so I’ll also search shark tagging data…

Where do you want to dive? Get a world map, mark the your desired dive destinations, then estimate how far you’ll be from temperate coastal areas. Seems pretty straight forward. Plan to dive in Hawaii? That’s a red zone. Take precautions. Learn more. Plan to dive in the Great Lakes? Fear not.

I’m not done with this. ¬†What I’m wanting is a map overlay showing dive destinations and Great White red zones. I’ve yet to find it and may have to create it myself using maps and colored markers. Sounds like a third grade project, I know. Then I can add the Bull and Tiger Shark Territories to increase my knowledge even more.

Listen, whenever we’re learning something from scratch, assuming it’s exceedingly fun, we are just like third graders doing a poster project to hang on the hallway walls. It’s a great and youthful feeling. Is it somewhat childish? Of course! With everything you don’t yet know, you’re like a child. Embrace it. Don’t act too cool for school just because you’re an adult.

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