March 2017 Shark of the Month: Bigeyed Sixgill

March 2017 Shark of the Month: Bigeyed Sixgill

Bigeyed Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus nakamurai) Key Features Characterised by its six gill slits and large reflective green eyes, the bigeyed sixgill shark is slender bodied and reaches a maximum length of 180 cm. There is an obvious distinction between its […]
February 2017 Shark of the Month: Scalloped Hammerhead

February 2017 Shark of the Month: Scalloped Hammerhead

Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) Key Features Hammerhead sharks are iconic with their hammer-shaped head! What distinguishes the scalloped hammerhead from their other species in the genus is their scalloped shaped cephalofoil (i.e. their hammerhead), which has a prominent grove in […]
January 2017 Shark of the Month

January 2017 Shark of the Month

 Spurdog (Spiny dogfish) Squalus acanthias   Key features: The slender looking spiny dogfish is distinguished from other species within the spurdog family by their two spines located at the front of each dorsal fin (two in total) and the absence […]
December 2016 Elasmobranch of the Month: Common Skate

December 2016 Elasmobranch of the Month: Common Skate

Thanks to our ambassador Amie Williams for putting this together. Amie is the project officer at the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme and will be sharing lots of amazing research with us.  Common Skate (Dipturus intermedia and Dipturus flossada) Key Features […]
October 2016 Shark of the Month Silky Shark

October 2016 Shark of the Month Silky Shark

Thank you to our ambassador Amie Williams for putting together October’s Shark of the Month!   Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) (Bibron, 1839)   Key Feature: Silky sharks get their common name from their relatively smooth skin. This paired with their […]
September 2016 Shark of the Month: Great White Shark

September 2016 Shark of the Month: Great White Shark

Featured Image Credit: Mike Coots Thanks to our regional ambassador Jilly Wenderlich for putting this post together! She has had the amazing opportunity to dive with great white sharks!  and we appreciate her passion for these amazing creatures.   Name: […]
August 2016 Shark of the Month: Greenland Shark

August 2016 Shark of the Month: Greenland Shark

The Greenland Shark ( Somniosus microcephalus) FIN tastic Facts: *Using radiocarbon dating Scientists analyzed the lens nuclei of 28 female Greenland sharks and found an estimated life span of at least 272 years, making them the longest living vertebrate animal […]
June 2016 Shark of the Month: Nurse Shark

June 2016 Shark of the Month: Nurse Shark

This is one of our favorite sharks, so we are really excited to share the June shark of the month with you…. drum roll please…   The Nurse Shark Ginglymostoma cirratuym   Key Features The nurse shark has a broad […]
May 2016 Shark of the Month: Dwarf Lanternshark

May 2016 Shark of the Month: Dwarf Lanternshark

Dwarf Lantern Shark Etmopterus perryi   Key Features The dwarf lantern shark is a member of the dogfish family and is the smallest shark in the world. Its head is long and flat, comprising of between 20-25% of its total […]
April 2016 Shark of the Month: Epaulette Shark

April 2016 Shark of the Month: Epaulette Shark

The Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) Key Features The word “epaulette”, meaning “shoulder ornament” highly characterizes the species with the presence of a large black spot located behind each pectoral fin or “shoulder” of the shark. Such spots are usually margined […]