The Megamouth is one of our ocean’s most enigmatic shark species. We know almost nothing about this iconic and mysterious deep-sea giant. Recently, Taiwan has had a spike in Megamouth encounters. When fishers catch a Megamouth, the crew cannot afford to release the shark, and they are sold in the fish markets. The captains on this very small fishing fleet have agreed to allow us to study, tag, and RELEASE these peaceful giants, if we compensate them for the animal would bring at the market.
Hello shark friends! I’m finally back home after a long series of trips and expeditions that have kept me occupied nearly all year. I am totally excited for the rest of the year and have already started planning my next adventures. In order to expand how we explore our ocean, I am designing and building my own deep-sea imaging system to deploy on future voyages. Click to learn more.
The EAF-Nansen crew steamed out of Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen almost three weeks ago to assess the VMEs of the Walvis Ridge off the coast of Namibia.
Part of a team of researchers exploring the poorly known seamounts of the Walvis Ridge near the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, I am here to help assess the vulnerability of the marine ecosystems and the presence of non-target animals such as coral, sponges, and of course sharks!
Chimaeras or Ghost sharks are not true sharks. Rather, they are the closest living chondrichthyan relatives of sharks, smaller cousins, if you will. In contrast from true sharks, Chimaeras have only one pair of gill openings, one large moveable venomous spine, and three pairs of tooth plates (two upper, one lower). They branch from the only known …