The Mysterious Great White Shark Cafe
Although Great white sharks are greatly feared the world over, they are one of the misunderstood creatures on earth. Their unpredictable and lonesome behaviour patterns make them hard to study. One thing that scientists have been able to pin down is their diet (which does not include humans) and their living habitat.
Great white sharks are known to inhabit cool coastal waters. But there is another mystery about them that scientists just haven’t been able to crack. From around August to December great white sharks migrate to a remote mid-Pacific area of the ocean that scientists are calling The Great White Café. Why do they migrate here? Your guess is as good as the rest of the world!
There is no substantial reason why the sharks meet up in this part of the ocean. This zone is apparently the equivalent of a terrestrial dessert, just a barren piece of the ocean with no evidence of any life. What’s even more eye-raising is that great white sharks are known to be loners and never co-exist in groups or in colonies with other sharks. However, many great white sharks have been tracked here for long periods of time. Why be a loner for one part of the year and then decide that you want to have friends for the other part of the year? Weird, right?
Scientists have attempted to motivate the reason for this peculiar behaviour to the great white sharks travelling to this part of the ocean for mating reasons. There hasn’t been any evidence of how these majestic creatures mate or of how they give birth, and this is the only viable reason that might make sense. But what casts doubt on this idea is the presence of juvenile sharks below breeding age is pretty vast as well. Some theorists have even directed the reasoning to the sharks congregating here for some sort of food source.
The most bizarre behaviours of the great white sharks is the extreme diving that they do on the way to this barren oceanic land and upon arrival. It’s said that they can dive up to 900 metres in a space of about ten minutes, diving around 30 to 65 times a day. This draws light on one of the theories that the sharks are in this wasteland to hunt the infamous giant squid that could be found in the deep and dark ocean.
Cracking the secret of The Great White Café, along with many other mysteries of the great white shark ranks high on scientists ‘great white shark checklist’. But time is running out as they face the threat of extinction and their secrets stand a chance of disappearing with them…