Great White Sharks Are Facing Problems

The Great White shark has no Ocean enemies, but they are fighting a losing battle against people and our plastic pollution.

Scientists from the University of Exeter found proof on Twitter of eight Great Whites being tangled in plastic waste from a bunch of sources, together with ‘ghost’ fishing nets.

In one instance, a Great White caught with a plastic noose around its middle off the coast of Australia.

The analysis discovered these plastic bands were answerable for 11 % of entanglements, the second most common hazard after discarded fishing nets (74 % of risks).

It discovered more than a thousand sharks and rays are known to have turn into entangled in plastic debris with ‘significantly better variety of species’ likely to be affected.

Scientists at the University of Exeter discovered reports of 1,116 of the creatures caught up in plastic in the world’s Sea after scouring existing studies and social media.

The true number is prone to be far higher, the researchers stated, calling debris from land pollution and discarded fishing gear a ‘severely beneath-reported threat.’

The researchers reviewed existing data and also appealed for data on Twitter, fearing that the problems had been pushed ‘under the radar’ by threats such as over-fishing.

Co-author Professor Godley, co-ordinator of the university’s marine technique, stated: ‘As a result, threats of direct overfishing of Sharks and rays, and accidental catching while fishing for other species, the problems of entanglement has perhaps gone a little beneath the radar.

‘We set out to treat this. Our research was the first to use Twitter to gather such data, and our results from the social media revealed entanglements of species – and in locations – not recorded within the academic papers.’