UC Davis has posted a video connected to its census of white sharks cruising the Central California coast. The low count — roughly 200 or so sharks — surprised researchers.

The Merc has an article on the methods scientists used, which consisted basically of luring them close enough to small boats to have their pictures taken. (And you wanted to be a scientist…)

Here’s one of the more unsuccessful attempts, undertaken by the census team’s interns.

Video: Counting Sharks Off California Coast 9 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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