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Their work was noble and occasionally terrifying; white sharks are among the ocean’s most mysterious and misunderstood creatures. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "Susan Casey on Seeing Her First Great White Shark," 11 July 2018 To Greg Skomal, the state’s marine biologist, the white sharks are now a standard part of summer in Massachusetts. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "There have been 7 shark sightings in 2 days on the Cape — and more are expected," 3 July 2018 Generally, tracking results show white sharks appear to spend more time diving during the day, and more time at the surface come nighttime. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools," 19 June 2018 In addition, the return of white sharks and shortfin makos that prey on sea lions may also bring down sea lion populations. National Geographic, "Stinky, Destructive Sea Lions Inspire Wacky Deterrents—Like Fake Orcas," 14 July 2016 The fauna is more dangerous, because there are a lot of tiger, bull and white sharks, which are very aggressive. Luis F. Sánchez, miamiherald, "Cuban athlete can’t finish his triathlon in Havana so he’s swimming to Bimini," 23 Oct. 2017 Researchers in Massachusetts say white sharks appear to venture offshore farther, with more frequency and at greater depths than previously known in the Atlantic. Washington Post, "Study: Great white sharks are swimming farther and deeper," 6 Oct. 2017

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