ECU researcher says more sharks could be in Pamlico Sound

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BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — Research by a doctoral candidate at East Carolina University is suggesting that the number of large and potentially dangerous sharks in the Pamlico Sound may be increasing.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports research done by Charles Bangley says a rise in water temperatures and a thriving habitat may be persuading bull shark mothers to give birth in the sound rather than in Florida.

Bangley, who has been researching sharks along that coast, presented his findings last week in Buxton as part of an educational program sponsored by the National Park Service.

Using longline and gill nets to sample in the Pamlico Sound, Bangley found 36 juvenile bull sharks since 2012. He said that by comparison, a study from 1965 to 2011 turned up a total of 113 bull sharks.

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