In 1969 Point Blue biologists working on the Farallon Islands saw a large shark kill and eat a Steller's Sea Lion. At the time, they had no idea what kind of shark was involved. Today, the Farallones are recognized as one of the best places in the world to study Great White Sharks in their natural environment.
In 1987 Point Blue biologists began documenting and observing shark attacks from atop the island at the Farallon lighthouse. The two main focus areas of Point Blue's White Shark Research at the Farallon Islands in the past included Individual Shark Identification and Shark Watch and Population Monitoring. Currently, Point Blue is only continuing the Shark Watch and Population Monitoring Project.
Using a standardized method, biologists continue to monitor shark attacks, recording frequency and location. This provides us with information on environmental effects, population trends, and behavior patterns of prey and predator.
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