Welcome to Shark Tales!
This is a blog dedicated to sharing the science that underpins the conservation of Elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) across the globe.
Elasmobranchs are some of the most fascinating creatures of the underwater world. Currently, there are at least 1,118 extant species of sharks, skates, and rays found in just about every aquatic ecosystem on the planet. They come in all shapes and sizes too… Dwarf Lanternsharks can be found as small as your palm and Whale Sharks grow to bigger than a school bus!
Due to habitat destruction, overfishing, and being caught as bycatch, an estimated 25% of species are thought to be threatened worldwide. The impact of elasmobranch decline is poorly understood, but given their important roles in aquatic ecosystems, the consequences are likely to be far-reaching.
Now, more than ever science plays a crucial role in protecting these beautiful creatures.