What makes a shark a ‘shark’?
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What makes a shark a ‘shark’?

“Shark” is a broad term referring to all sharks and their relatives, which are jawed fish with cartilaginous skeletons. There are no true bones present in a shark’s skeleton, fins or scales.   Scientifically known as Chondrichthyans (Greek for ‘cartilage fish’), sharks and their relatives are split into two subclasses: Elasmobranchii (sharks, rays and skates) … Continue reading

Southern African Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus africana)
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Southern African Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus africana)

The Frilled Shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) is a rare deep-sea favorite, known for its alien appearance. With a long snake-like body, rows of jagged teeth and 6 frilly gill openings, its strange looks quickly made the Frilled Shark a celebrity. But did you know there is a second, much rarer species of Frilled Shark? That’s right! … Continue reading

Adopt a Megamouth
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Adopt a Megamouth

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. Continue reading

Viper Dogfish (Trigonognathus kabeyai)
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Viper Dogfish (Trigonognathus kabeyai)

Nearly nothing is known about the only extant shark of the Trigonognathus genus, the Viper Dogfish. Part of the Lanternshark family, its snake-like mouth filled with crooked nail-like teeth sets it apart from other Etmopterus, whose mouths of fork-and-knife dentition sit further back from the snout. While the body, fins, spines and bioluminescent flanks of the Viper … Continue reading