• Sandbar and dusky sharks have been sighted around the power plant for decades, but scientists only started collecting data two years ago.
  • Although they are still trying to count the smatterings of sharks nearby, researcher Aviad Scheinin said the hundreds flocking exclusively to the Hadera power plant every winter qualifies as “a legitimate and rare phenomenon.”
  • This phenomenon is influenced and created by men, both with the power plant and the sea’s increasingly warm water.”
  • The shifting climate of the Mediterranean Sea has been creating a bizarre boon for sharks, which thrive in and chase warm water.
  • Expert say the warm water stimulates shark metabolisms, improves their breathing cycles and facilitates their pregnancies.
  • Scientists say the Mediterranean Sea has never been warmer, both because of climate change and the recent expansion of the Suez Canal, which opened the floodgates to Red Sea waters, among the warmest in the world.
  • Climate change is steadily heating the Mediterranean Sea by 0.4 degrees every decade, making the region among the hardest hit in the world.
  • The winters are not as cold as they used to be here, and they are no longer a limiting factor for sharks
  • Many new shark species are coming to the eastern Mediterranean from colder areas and establishing populations.
  • A sudden churning in the water jolted the crew to action. A five-foot-long (1.5 meter-long) sandbar shark, ensnared by ropes, popped up at the boat’s ledge.
  • The researchers leaned over and wrangled with it, planting a high-tech tag on its dorsal fin to track its movements before setting it free.
  • Overfishing, spurred by demand along with lax fishing laws in neighboring countries like Lebanon and Syria, has depleted the Mediterranean shark population by over 90 percent since the 1950s, researchers say.
  • An absence of top predators imperils the balance of the entire marine ecosystem.
  • If you erase the ones at the top, the food chain will collapse
  • New species may emerge and start preying on populations crucial to human food security.