January 13th, 2016
Sand Tiger Shark Nursery
Found off Long Island, New York!
Have you ever seen a shark? Probably, but have you ever seen a Sand Tiger shark? Most likely not, sand tiger sharks are becoming less and less common because female sharks only give birth to one or two babies a year causing low reproductive rates. But researchers recently found a Sand Tiger shark nursery off the coast of Long Island New York. Most likely because where the nursery is located there are shallow waters and heavy traffic, so the noise and shallow waters are making is a great place for the nursery to be located because all the natural predators cannot reach the shark pups and the heavy traffic noise is also scaring them away. Also there is a solid fish supply so the sharks will most likely return to the spot in years coming.
I chose this article because when I was in fourth grade I really liked sharks and it was a little hobby I had and it’s carried on with me throughout all this time. So when I was looking for my top three choices, the word shark caught my eye. I read over the article and put it down as my number one choice. A thing I learned was that there’s a sand tiger shark! I knew about the sand shark and I knew about the tiger shark but I had no idea about the sand tiger shark. So after reading this, I did some investigating online. I didn’t know that they lived along shore lines on the east coast, and can be up to 10ft long! Also that they live to be about 15 years old in the wild. I loved this article and was determined after to find out more about this shark.
(Here’s what they look like!)
Article: Sand Tiger Shark Nursery Found in Busy NY Bay
Publication Date: JAN 6, 2016 08:45 AM
Author: By Jennifer Viegas
Publication: Discovery NewsPhoto link: http://www.tnaqua.org/our-animals/fish/sand-tiger-shark