SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Great white shark numbers have dropped by 90 percent during the past 20 years, making them one of the world’s most endangered species, U.S. scientists said.
The great white population has dropped to below 3,500, making them even more endangered than tigers, a study from Stanford University showed.
The study found great whites were in danger from illegal fishing and being hit by boats and tangled in fishing nets, marine scientist Ronald D’Or said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Diego.
“When I heard there may be fewer (great whites) than tigers I thought “Oh my god” that is truly scary,” D-Or said.
D’Or said people are beginning to understand how rare and special great whites are when they previously were thought of as just dangerous.
In Australia, tracking tags placed on great whites serve as warning systems to alert surfers and swimmers, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
“They have receivers on the beaches so when a great white comes into the bay the receiver automatically makes a cell phone call and tells the guy in charge to close the beach,” D’Or said.
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