FL - How Sharks Behave During Hurricanes Depends On Species

Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science are challenging the status quo on what we know about sharks and hurricanes.

Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science are challenging the status quo on what we know about sharks and hurricanes. Sharks — and other marine life — are sensitive to barometric pressure, which drops when a major storm like a hurricane comes in. Research has shown sharks can actually feel the change in pressure and swim out to deeper water to where they feel they will be safer. “How these storms impact the environment, including large sharks, is of interest and conservation concern to many,” said Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, a research associate professor at the UM Rosenstiel School and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy who is also the director of the University’s Shark and Research Conservation Program.

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