A shark nursery has been located in NY's Great South Bay

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A Shark Nursery Has Been Located In NY's Great South Bay

A shark nursery has been identified in an unusual place.

Experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium haveconfirmed that an area for juvenile sand tiger sharks to grow exists in the Great South Bay of Long Island.

While these waters tend to experience high levels of human activity like boating and fishing, one aquarium official, Jon Dohlin, explains how the bustle could be beneficial.

He tells Discovery News, "The nursery is so close to shore waters that the heavy traffic could be keeping away the shark's predators."

Locating the nursery is considered a boon for conservationists.

It is one of only a few that have been found for the sand tiger shark, and it can now be a targeted area for the study and protection of the animal.

The shark's numbers have dwindled due to fishing which has been prohibited for nearly 20 years.

However, its low reproduction rate means that rebuilding the population will take many years to achieve.

Researchers spent four years tracking the area's sharks in order to identify the nursery.

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