Paper investigates white sharks scavenging whale carcasses

PLoS ONE white shark scavenging

A new research paper published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal has studied multiple white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding events on dead baleen whales in False Bay, South Africa, and compared this to feeding events on Cape Fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) that occurred in the area at the same time. In addition, the paper investigates the preferred areas on the dead whales that the sharks fed on, the intra-species social structures in play during the feeding and the role of the weather in distributing odor cues that attract sharks to scavenging sites.