Researchers Study New England Shark, Seal Activity

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The scientists onboard the OCEARCH vessel now docked at Long Wharf are studying North Atlantic White sharks.

These sharks are the ocean predators that prey on seals and strike fear in swimmers and surfers at the beach.

OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer told WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin that the resurgence of white sharks in Massachusetts' water is actually a positive development that maintains the balance of nature.

"We're having more and more white sharks, we're having more and more seals, so it's evolving in a really positive direction," Fischer said. "We, as humans, if we want to make sure our grandkids can eat fish sandwiches and lobster rolls, need to evolve as well."

According to Fischer, the sharks provide a service—they keep the seal population in check so the seals won't eat up all the fish humans eat.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin (@mikemacklinwbz) reports

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