Thu., March 24, 2011 1:13pm (EDT)

Sharks Following Whales Off Ga. Coast
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

BRUNSWICK, Ga.  —  
State biologists say they're spotting more great white sharks off the coast of Georgia. (photo courtesy Kristin-kke227)
State biologists say they're spotting more great white sharks off the coast of Georgia. (photo courtesy Kristin-kke227)
State biologists say they're spotting more great white sharks off the coast of Georgia.

Clay George, a biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says the sharks have been following right whales and humpback whales during their calving seasons.

George says the sharks, which are not native to the area, often follow pregnant right whales south to the warmer calving waters.

He says the increased sightings could be because the sharks are following humpback whales, which aren't normally seen in the warmer waters off the Georgia coast.

Carolyn Belcher, also a biologist with the state, says the sharks are attracted to colder water and tend to stay in deeper waters far from shore.