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Researchers find North Atlantic great whites spend their first 20 years in the waters off Montauk, Long Island.

After several decades of decline, great white sharks in the North Atlantic are finally on the rise. That’s great news for ecosystem health, even if it freaks out beach goers. But scientists still know little about the migratory patterns of young sharks, which is a challenge for conservationists.

Now, a group of researchers think they’ve located a shark “nursery”—the first found in the North Atlantic.

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Every winter, the population of great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that roams and feeds along the coastline from Central to Baja California disappears deep into the Pacific Ocean—swimming for 30 to 40 days to reach a point approximately halfway between Mexico and Hawaii.

There’s not a lot going for this particular spot in the ocean. It’s about 3000–5000 meters deep, and pretty barren as far as foodstuffs go. But the massive sharks—which can reach lengths of nearly 22 feet—stay there from about April to July, clustered in an area smaller than Panama.

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No creature has a reputation more fearsome than the great white shark.

Despite all we’ve learned about them, including how they really don’t have much interest at in all eating us, movies and basic cable documentaries still show them as “machines” that do little more than “swim and eat and make little sharks.” And that’s not to mention the various video games where your goal as a great white is to chomp everything in sight in as little time as possible.

But what do great white sharks really do all day?

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Friday, 31 January 2014 11:45

Whale Sharks Slaughter in Chinese Factories

Planet's biggest slaughter of whale sharks exposed in PuQi, Zhejiang Province, China

Wild Life Risk HONG KONG, 27 January 2014

Hong Kong-based wildlife conservation NGO WildLifeRisk has revealed that at least one factory in China's Zhejiang Province is killing over 600 whale sharks annually, in what appears to be the world's largest wholesale slaughter of an internationally- protected endangered species.
Investigators believe that the PuQi factory is only one of many engaged in the trade of endangered sharks and their products throughout coastal China.

A processing plant by the name of ‘China Wenzhou Yueqing Marine Organisms Health Protection Foods Co Ltd’ located in China's PuQi township near Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, was the target of a WildLifeRisk investigation spanning from January 2010 to December 2013. Investigators discovered that the plant has been reaping huge profits from the death of a minimum of six hundred endangered whale sharks a year.

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