Nova Scotia Scientists And Surfers Worry About Research Team’s Shark-Luring Tactics

Source: CBC News

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A research team that’s throwing bait into Nova Scotia waters in search of great white sharks is worrying some South Shore residents who say they’re drawing the creatures way too close to busy recreational beaches.

Ocearch, a team of U.S. and Canadian researchers, has been in Nova Scotia since mid-September as it tries to learn more about the migratory patterns of the elusive sharks.

So far, they’ve tagged three male sharks, including Hal, caught not far from popular Hirtles Beach, near Lunenburg, N.S., last week.

In order to lure sharks to the boat, Ocearch dumps blood and guts, also known as chum, into the water. It also drops baited lines.

Aaron MacNeil, an associate professor at Dalhousie University, told CBC Radio’s Information Morning he’s looked at where the sharks have been captured and “was blown away [by] how close they were to public beaches.”

“It just should not be anywhere near public recreation areas, and that’s very disappointing to see,” said MacNeil, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Ecology.

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