- Monitored sharks at Cleveland Bay, Australia, were found to be thriving and living long lives.
- Established Marine Protected Areas within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park appear to be helping sharks and other marine life.
- Body size may affect mortality rates more than age does for at least some shark species.
A human hunger for shark fin soup, fisheries and other human-related activities threaten sharks worldwide, but researchers have identified one place where sharks appear to rule, living out their lives in tropical splendor.
The location, Cleveland Bay, is a coastal habitat located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia. The bay is home to numerous different shark species, but the study, which will be published in the August issue of Fisheries Research, focused primarily on two: pigeyes (Carcharhinus amboinensis)and spottails (Carcharhinus sorrah).
Sharks at Cleveland Bay are doing so well, according to lead author Danielle Knip, because of the success of two large Conservation Park zones established in the region.