Published On: Fri, Sep 11th, 2015

Study: More sharks than ever off east coast

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(NEWSER) – Anyone still terrified of Jaws might want to stop reading now. The shark population on the East Coast is at its highest since scientists began counting the animals 29 years ago, according to a federal study, and scientists are high-finning, er, fiving, over the news. In just three years, shark numbers have spiked 55%: NOAA surveyors counted and tagged 2,835 animals from Florida to North Carolina during this year’s spring search, compared to 1,831 sharks in 2012, report Newsweek and Fox News. The most common of 13 species found were Atlantic sharpnose, tiger, dusky, and sandbar sharks. The latter two species had been heavily depleted by fishers, so “this is a positive sign,” shark expert Gregory Skomal, who wasn’t involved in the study, tells Newsweek. But the mag notes the dusky shark population is still a long way from “fully recovered.”

 

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