The great white now 'more rare than tiger'
Published 20/02/2010 | 05:00
FEWER great white sharks are left in the oceans than there are tigers surviving on Earth, according to new research.
The two top predators are now almost equally under threat, but the plight of great whites needs more recognition, according to a Canadian expert, Dr Ronald O'Dor.
Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Diego yesterday, the Canadian academic told how the discovery had been made by colleagues from the Census of Marine Life.
He said: "I recently heard a report from the team that's been tagging great white sharks. We hear an awful lot about how endangered tigers are but apparently great white sharks are pretty close to the same level.
"Some people say, 'I don't care, they eat people', but I think we have to give them a little space to live in."
Dr O'Dor, from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, added: "Until recently, people thought sharks were bad and there was no urge to save great whites.
"Now, people are beginning to understand that they are rare and are a wonderful species."