Mote Marine Laboratory Study: How Sharks Hunt Prey

Apr 9, 2014

Credit Madelaine Verbeek

Sharks have long since been known for their remarkable sense of smell, but would they be able to find prey without it? It turns out some species can. In an unprecedented multisensory study published this month in the science journal PLOS ONE, researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida and Boston University reveal some surprising evidence about how sharks use their senses and hunt prey. We’ll take a closer look at the findings, how the research was conducted, and what its conclusions could mean for sharks’ survivability in a changing environment.


Jayne Gardiner, Ph.D., Mote Marine Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow and study lead author