Aired Saturday, February 18, 2023

A Smart Predator: White Sharks in the North Atlantic

Show #217

Talking about North Atlantic White Sharks, the largest predatory shark, and until recently, rare in the western North Atlantic. This predator is crucial in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem, and after decades of declines, appears to be in a state of recovery. At the top of the food chain, white sharks help to control populations of species such as the growing aggregations of grey seals found in this region. The resurgence of white sharks in the western North Atlantic is likely due to conservation efforts such as those being led by Dr. Burns. We will have a conversation about Tom’s interest in photography and research, the perfect blend of art and science.


Dr. Tom Burns, Creator and Project Leader, Cape Cod White Shark Predation Study; Photographer