Climate change ‘may save’ grey nurse shark

Conservationists fear Australia’s grey nurse shark could become extinct by 2050 but, according to a group of leading shark scientists, global warming could help save them.

Scientists have predicted that a rise in sea temperature could be good for the grey nurse shark and save it from extinction.

“This is probably one of those one in a hundred examples where climate change may actually be somewhat beneficial for this particular species,” University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Corey Bradshaw said.

Australia has two grey nurse shark populations: one off the east coast – ranked as critically endangered – and one off the west coast, categorised as vulnerable.

Scientists believe the two groups have been isolated from one another for more than 100,000 years.

Read the full story at ABC News Australia

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