Scientists surprised by great white findings

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Research on the behaviour of the great white shark has caught scientists by surprise.

An international fishery conference in Hobart has heard three sharks tagged by scientists off New Zealand migrated to warmer waters in the Pacific.

Malcolm Francis of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says it is possible they are travelling there to feed on the calves of humpback whales.

“White sharks have been reported from tropical areas before, they’ve never [been] seen to be common and so we’ve always thought of white sharks as being much more of a cold water species,” he said.

“But now we’re having to re-think completely our ideas of what these sharks do, they seem to spend quite a lot of time in warmer water.”

Source: ABC News Online