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A recent study, replacing one done in the 1980s is that a great white could snack on a 60-pound seal and not eat again for 6- 8 weeks. Well, now the conventional wisdom is eat right and eat often, according to researchers at the University of Tasmania and reported by AFP.
As it is, these huge sharks are likely to be feeding every few days, not every few weeks. The findings are based on a careful, meticulous study of a dozen sharks that factored in their metabolic rate and swim speeds. So why was the old study so far off? The best guess is that “they picked a shark that probably wasn’t working very hard at the time when they did it,” one of the new researchers tells Australia’s ABC News.
Unfortunately, Great White Sharks are still endangered, and every effort must be made to save them from certain death at the hands of Asian shark finners and bragging trophy fisherman, and vengeful officials following the rare encounters between sharks, surfers, swimmers, and others who trespass in their world.