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Warmer waters attributable to climate change are attracting more sharks to northeast, expert reveals

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Sharks typically travel up north throughout the summer months, but this yr’s migration is larger and got here much sooner than previous seasons – and an authority says climate change is accountable.

Dr Tracy Fanara, an environmental engineer and research scientist, told DailyMail.com that not only is climate change an element, but so is La Niña

Dr Tracy Fanara, an environmental engineer, told DailyMail.com that not only is climate change an element, but so is La Niña.

‘La Niña can supercharge the consequences of climate change in some locations, within the short term, leading to warmer temperatures,’ she said in an interview.

La Niña can also be predicted to proceed through 2022 with the chances of it decreasing into the Northern Hemisphere late summer, in line with NOAA.

‘The migration has at all times happened, [but] now productive ocean areas are changing resulting from climate in addition to temperatures which might change where sharks congregate,’ Fanara said.

‘Seals and sea lions distribution is spreading due to population increases and competition for food, sharks will follow their preferred food source, which is those pinnipeds along with fish.’

This season can also be seeing the apex-predators lurking closer to the shoreline – two attacks have been reported at the identical beach in Long Island, Recent York.

Together with climate change and La Niña, Fanara has other theories to why the northeast is flooded with sharks.

‘It may very well be overfishing that’s causing sharks to come back closer to shore or it may very well be more people within the water,’ she said.

Sharks typically travel up north during the summer months, but this year's migration is larger and came much earlier than previous seasons – and experts say climate change is to blame. Pictured is a shark tracking map from OCEARCH that shows all the sharks it has tagged

Sharks typically travel up north throughout the summer months, but this yr’s migration is larger and got here much sooner than previous seasons – and experts say climate change is accountable. Pictured is a shark tracking map from OCEARCH that shows all of the sharks it has tagged

‘La Niña can supercharge the effects of climate change in some locations, in the short term, resulting in warmer temperatures,’ Fanara said. La Niña is also predicted to continue through 2022 with the odds of it decreasing into the Northern Hemisphere late summer, according to NOAA. Pictured is a map showing La Niña's path

‘La Niña can supercharge the consequences of climate change in some locations, within the short term, leading to warmer temperatures,’ Fanara said. La Niña can also be predicted to proceed through 2022 with the chances of it decreasing into the Northern Hemisphere late summer, in line with NOAA. Pictured is a map showing La Niña’s path

Overfishing removes the shark’s primary source of food, forcing them to look elsewhere for something to eat – and that may very well be closer to the shoreline.

‘There are more interactions between humans and these animals as they’re going where they will find food,’ said Fanara.

‘Depredation is something fishermen are complaining about.’

The hotter ocean waters, nonetheless, are playing an enormous role in sending the big migration up north.

‘Sharks that like warm waters (Bull, tiger, dusky, spinner, silky, and black-tipped sharks) now can move further north,’ said Fanara.

‘Sharks that like cold water are also moving north to areas they weren’t previously, for instance they’re seeing more white sharks in Maine.’

An ideal white was spotted swimming near the beach within the Gulf of Maine on July 12, which conservators have named Luke.

A little bit further south in Cape Cod, one other one was spotted on July 11.

‘Sharks that like cold water are also moving north to areas they weren’t previously, for example they are seeing more white sharks in Maine,' said Fanara. Pictured is a great white spotted swimming near the beach in the Gulf of Maine on July 12, which conservators have named Luke

‘Sharks that like cold water are also moving north to areas they weren’t previously, for instance they’re seeing more white sharks in Maine,’ said Fanara. Pictured is an important white spotted swimming near the beach within the Gulf of Maine on July 12, which conservators have named Luke

And there was two sightings off Nauset Beach: a shark named Granese and another named Kendal (pictured)

And there was two sightings off Nauset Beach: a shark named Granese and one other named Kendal (pictured)

Nevertheless, this one was a whopping 11 feet long.

And there was two sightings off Nauset Beach: a shark named Granese and one other named Kendal.

The massive migration, in line with Fanara, can also be resulting from a boom within the seal and sea lion population.

‘Seals and sea lions have been protected since 1972 Marine Mammal act, so populations have been on the rise which might bring sharks closer to shore,’ Fanara explained.

‘So pinniped distribution is resulting from increasing numbers and competition in food sources… which again that competition is one more reason for more interactions with sharks.’

Last week, shark tracking maps showed dozens lurking across the northeast coast. 

Shark taggers reported an enormous 528-pound female white shark off the coast of Cape Cod, while greater than 14 sharks were observed lurking in waters around Long Island.  

In late June, a lifeguard was bit at Smith Point Beach and was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

And on Wednesday,  a paddleboarder was bitten on the leg at roughly 7:30 am ET at the identical beach.

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