A new study has confirmed that sharks return to their original birthplace to give birth.
According to a 20-year study, female sharks to return to their birthplace in order to give birth to their young. U.S. researchers took to the Bimini in the Bahamas to look into the sharks birthing patterns.
The study, which began in 1995, involved capturing and tagging over 2,000 sharks. All of them baby lemon sharks, the study managed to confirm that sharks, like salmon and sea turtles, return to their origin to give birth.
Head researcher Kevin Felheim told reporters,
“We found that newborn sharks captured in the mid-1990s left the safety of the islands when they were between 5 and 8 years old. Yet, despite leaving and visiting many other islands in their travels, these sharks ‘remember’ where they were born after a decade of roving, and are able to find the island again when they are pregnant and ready to give birth.”
While scientists have speculated that sharks have the ability to return to their birthplace, it was difficult to confirm it as fact due to the lack of technology to keep track of the sharks from birth to adulthood. However, with hundreds of students traveling to the Bahamas to volunteer, scientists and researchers have officially announced the phenomenon as fact.
The new findings enforce the significance in preserving nursery areas for the oceanic animals.
New Study Confirms Sharks Return to Original Birthplace to Give Birth.