Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) are slow-moving bottom-dwellers with strong jaws. These jaws are used to crush some of their favorite prey items. Can you guess what types of prey nurse sharks tend to prefer?
The blacktip reef shark is one of the three most common sharks inhabiting coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific. The blacktip reef shark may be encountered alone or in small groups; large "social" aggregations have also been observed.
Pacific Sleeper Shark: Somniosus pacificus
➡️ A very large, heavy-bodied shark with relatively small fins.
➡️ Lower teeth form a continuous serrated edge
➡️ Pacific Arctic and North Pacific Ocean
A new study with Manta Project Fiji (@manta.projectfiji) has found the first photographic evidence of oceanic manta rays (Mobula birostris) at two locations in the Fiji islands!
Image from visual abstract.
Check out this amazing artwork from Elasmo Studio! Artwork created from actual images by marine biologist Clemency White. We are excited to share that a portion of sales between now and the end of Dec. will be donated to our edu & outreach programs.
Each Whale Shark has its own special pattern of dots. It is as unique as a human finger print! Scientist can use these unique patterns to identify a specific individual sharks. This helps them determine the migratory pattern each shark takes.
True or False: Sharks are the largest group of cartilaginous fishes (the chondrichthyans).
Post your answer in the comments and check back later for the answer :)
📸: @bigfishexpeditions Andy Murch, sharksandrays.com
Spotted Wobbegong: Orectolobus maculatus
➡️ Light brown w/ dark brown saddles & light brown circles edged w/ small pale spots
➡️ Max. verified length 170cm
➡️ Tropical & temperate seas
➡️ Endemic to Australia
➡️ Up to 37 pups/litter
Small spotted catsharks (Scyliorhinus canicula) pretty much spent most of their time chilling and resting on the seafloor. Making them a good charismatic shark species to film and photograph