ElasmOlympics- 1st edition

What elasmobranch would win the 100 m sprint? Or the high jump? Or synchronised swimming? Keep reading to find out more about the most impressive sharks and rays… 100 m sprint Winner: So what elasmobranch would beat Usain Bolt in the 100m sprint? Well, probably the fastest shark in the world: the shortfin mako (Isurus…

Species new to science

Elasmobranchs are among the most endangered vertebrates, with around 25% of species now threatened with extinction. However, effective conservation is being hindered by taxonomic confusion; the high levels of morphological similarities among living organisms mean it is difficult to classify elasmobranchs into accurate species groupings. DNA sequencing technologies have even identified ‘cryptic’ species within this…

Protecting the next generation of sharks- is it enough?

Above: Juvenile Blacktip reef shark  (Carcharhinus melanopterus). IUCN red list: Near Threatened. The growing concern over the decline of elasmobranch (sharks, rays and skates) populations has led to increasing effort to conserve nursery areas, which are thought to be critical for population sustainability. Science is helping us to discover nursery regions, but how effective is protecting…

How to become a Marine Biologist: my top 5 tips!

Since I was 6 I wanted to become a marine biologist. From computer coding to field-work and policy-making, there are so many aspects to this career and every step of the way I have absolutely loved it. So, in this competitive field, how can you succeed? Here is my advice… 1. Get the right qualifications….

Shining the light on threats to life in the dark

We know more about space than we do the deep sea.  We are only just discovering and learning about deep sea elasmobranchs. However, they face growing threats from climate change and overfishing; these anthropogenic (man-made) impacts highlight the need for a better understanding of how we can conserve deep-sea communities. When you think of Elasmobranchs,…