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Great white sharks could one day swim in B.C. waters: expert

Metro News logo Metro News 2017-07-25 Braydon Holmyard - Metro

Tropical waters could eventually be too hot for sharks to live in.: Great white sharks could one day swim in B.C. waters: expert © Rert Burleigh Great white sharks could one day swim in B.C. waters: expert

Great white sharks could have their Canadian citizenships soon.

With ocean temperatures rising, the tropical sharks may expand to B.C. waters, according to William Cheung, an associate professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at UBC.

Cheung says if nothing is done about climate change, these sharks could come up from the coast of California.

He adds the tropical waters would eventually be too hot for sharks to live in.

B.C. is no stranger to sharks, with 14 species currently listed in its waters, including the salmon shark, blue shark and the spiny dogfish.

There is still plenty of time to prepare for the great white's potential takeover of the Canadian ocean kingdom, as Cheung says their arrival is more likely to come over the next few decades.

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