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Great white sharks might migrate to battle giant squids

March 6, 2010 |  5:54 pm

Photo: A great white shark drags buoys after taking the bait. Credit: Chris Ross / National Geographic Channel

In what could be the ultimate marine smack-down, great white sharks off the California coast may be migrating 1,600 miles west to do battle with creatures that rival their star power: giant squids.

A series of studies tracking this mysterious migration has scientists rethinking not just what the big shark does with its time but also what sort of creature it is.

Few sea denizens match great white sharks and giant squids in primitive mystique. Both are the subject of popular mania; both are inscrutable. That these two mythic sea monsters might convene for epic battles on the stark expanses of the Pacific is enough to make a documentarian salivate.

Read more here.

--- Jill Leovy

Photo: A great white shark drags buoys after taking the bait. The effort to track the migration of sharks is chronicled on "Expedition Great White," premiering this summer on the National Geographic Channel. Credit: Chris Ross / National Geographic Channel

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