The White Shark Cafe has been a mystery to marine biologists but a new set of cameras are set to reveal the secrets of what sharks are really getting up to for months at a time.
There’s a spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that greets Great White Sharks for a stay of up to three months and for the first time we’re invited to see what exactly goes on in these shark meetings thanks to a new camera.
The White Shark Cafe attracts hundreds of sharks each winter to the spot halfway between the West Coast and Hawaii, with some sharks traveling for up to a month to get there. There must be something special going on but up until now, it’s been a mystery.
Biologist Sal Jorgensen, a research scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has suspected that the sharks are either feeding or mating but wanted to finally find out and has enlisted several sharks to be fitted with a special camera that will hopefully reveal the secrets of the White Shark Cafe movement. The camera is designed to capture video images for long durations that will last as long as the sharks stay according to Christian Science Monitor.
Commenting on the camera, representatives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium said, “it had to be small and easy to attach to a shark’s dorsal fin. It had to stay on the shark for up to nine months, until the shark returned to the California coast from its offshore location. It had to survive dives as deep as 1,000 meters (3,300 feet), and bursts of acceleration to speeds up to 25 miles an hour.”
The cameras will follow the sharks on their long and arduous migration from the Californian coast, where they feed extensively, and leave once the summer is over. It won’t be until December and January that the sharks will arrive at the White Shark Cafe hopefully with camera still in tact.
This is the first time this technology has been used and once the research is successful, it will be made available to other scientists and research projects – opening up the somewhat mysterious oceans that little bit more.