The Pelagic Shark Research Foundation's Año Nuevo Island white shark study was established in 1992 and began ID tagging sharks in 1995; attachment of ultra-sonic acoustic transmitters was initiated in 1997 in collaboration with University of California. The PSRF began tracking these sharks with archival satellite transmitters in year 2000 triggering an avalanche of data and overturning the conventional academic wisdom that regarded white sharks as coastal predators. The data showed that these Eastern pacific white sharks were in fact open ocean deep sea predators which traveled far and wide from the coastal seal colonies.

During the course of its two decades of field experiences the research team with the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation have gathered a unique understanding of these animals while specializing the use of low impact non invasive methods.

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