The White Shark Cafe is a high seas, entirely international area designated as a Hope Spot by Mission Blue. The White Shark Café is a remote mid-Pacific Ocean area noted as a winter and spring habitat of otherwise coastal great white sharks. These waters, halfway between Baja California and Hawaii, received its unofficial name in 2002 from researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute who were studying the great white shark species using satellite tracking tags. Although the area had not previously been suspected as a shark habitat, when mapping the satellite tracking data, researchers discovered that members of the species would frequently travel to and loiter in the area, persistently and predictably, for several months out of the year. The reasons for this behavior have not yet been identified, but there are several hypothesis. This area has very little food for the animals and is low in productivity; researchers describe it as the shark equivalent of a desert. Since both male and female great whites have been tracked there, one early hypothesis was that mating occurred in the area. Continued studies have revealed that juvenile sharks also travel to the area, suggesting the trip serves some other purpose, possibly to forage for food. Source: Wikipedia
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