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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2020, Vol 20, Num, 4     (Pages: 325-329)

New Nursery Area for White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

Elena Tamburin 1 ,Mauricio Hoyos-Padilla 1-2 ,Alberto Sánchez-González 1 ,Agustín Hernández-Herrera 1 ,Fernando R. Elorriaga-Verplancken 1 ,Felipe Galván-Magaña 1

1 Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas. Av. IPN s/n., C.P. 23096, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México
2 Pelagios-Kakunjá A.C. Sinaloa 1540. Col. Las Garzas. C.P. 23070. La Paz, B.C.S., México
3 Fins Attached: Marine Research and Conservation 19675 Still Glen Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80908, USA
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v20_4_08 Viewed : 6062 - Downloaded : 3569 The white shark is a worldwide protected species and nevertheless coastal nursery grounds and juvenile aggregation areas have been reported, the actual information about birth or nursery areas for this species is still lacking. So, is necessary to focus research effort to identify new aggregation site, especially for young stages. During 2015 to 2017 we obtained data of 12 neonates and juveniles around Isla Cedros, in the western coast of Baja California, Mexico suggesting this island as important nursery area for white sharks. This information will help in management plans for conservation in aggregation habitats of young white sharks. Keywords : Neonates, Reproduction, Habitat preferences, Critical hot spot