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When sharks need a power nap, they go surfing


Surf’s up! Grey reef sharks can’t hang ten, but they’re still pretty rad surfers.

They’re not seeking thrills or looking to connect with nature when they take to the waves. They surf to conserve energy, according to new research led by FIU marine scientist Yannis Papastamatiou along with an international team of researchers. They found hundreds of grey reef sharks in the southern channel of Fakarava Atoll in French Polynesia are surfing the slope by floating on the updrafts from currents.

During a diving trip, Papastamatiou observed sharks swimming against the current but were barely moving their tails. MORE

Header image: Laurent Ballesta.