Sharks "Feel" Approaching Storms

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

A PhD Marine Biology student from West Bromwich, England is studying at the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen, England and may have found a connection between approaching storms and the behavior of sharks.

Lauren Smith has investigated shark species from lemon sharks in the Bahamas to blacktip sharks in Florida. Her studies have shown that sharks move to deeper water when a storm system approaches their area.

The BBC says Smith uses a pressure chamber that mimics changes in pressure associated by approaching weather fronts. Sharks can sense pressure changes by means of hair cells in their balance systems.

Smith has also studied effects on sharks from tidal and temperature changes.

The BBC says she completed her first degree at Plymouth University in England before moving on to the Bahamas where she studied wild shark behavior at the Bimini Biological Field Station.

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