February 2016 Shark of the Month: The Porbeagle

February 2016 Shark of the Month: The Porbeagle

Porbeagle Lamna nasus Key Features Similarly, to mako sharks, the porbeagle is streamlined in shape where the midsection is wide (with long gill) slits which becomes narrower at the anterior and posterior of the shark (long and conical snout and […]
January 2016 Shark of the Month: Shortfin Mako

January 2016 Shark of the Month: Shortfin Mako

 Shortfin Mako Isurus oxyrinchus   Key features The shortfin mako has a hydrodynamic physique with a cylindrical shaped body and blunt conical snout. The species have a crescent-shaped caudal fin, where each lobe is elongated vertically as well as the […]
November 2015 Shark of the Month: The Pyjama Shark

November 2015 Shark of the Month: The Pyjama Shark

Sharks4Kids: Shark of the Month Pyjama Shark  Scientific Name: Pyjama Shark (Poroderma africanum) (Other names include the striped catfish)   Key features: The pyjama shark belongs to the genus Poroderma and is distinguished by its grey coloration with seven prominent […]
October 2015 Shark of the Month: The Prickly Dogfish

October 2015 Shark of the Month: The Prickly Dogfish

Name: Prickly dogfish Scientific Name: Oxynotus bruniensis Key Features: The Prickly dogfish is one shark that definitely has highly distinguishable features! Most notably is its dorsal fin resembling a sail. The dorsal fins have broad and triangular ( sail like) […]
September 2015 Sharks of the Month: Thresher Sharks

September 2015 Sharks of the Month: Thresher Sharks

Name: Thresher Sharks: Common, Bigeye, and Pelagic Thresher Shark Scientific Name: Alopiidae: Alopias vulpinus, Alopias superciliosus, and Alopias pelagicus Key Features: By far the most distinguishable feature possessed by the thresher shark family is their elongated upper caudal lobe, which […]

July 2015 Shark of the Month: The Bull Shark

Happy July everyone! Thanks again to our regional ambassador Lindsay Graff for putting the shark of the month together again! It’s perfect timing because we recently tagged an 8 foot female bull shark on our student shark tagging trip in […]
June 2016 Shark ( Elasmobranch) of the Month: Smalltooth Sawfish

June 2016 Shark ( Elasmobranch) of the Month: Smalltooth Sawfish

Name: Smalltooth Sawfish Scientific Name: Pristis pectinata Key Features: All five shark species in the Family of Pristidae are easily identified by their elongated, blade-like snout, which is stuffed with a number of teeth on either side (the genus name […]
May 2016 Shark of the Month: Broadnose Sevengill

May 2016 Shark of the Month: Broadnose Sevengill

Name: Broadnose Sevengill Shark Scientific Name: Notorynchus cepedianus   Key Features: Just like its name implies, the Broadnose Sevengill shark has 7 gill slits instead of 5 gill slits, like most other shark species. This shark is part of the […]
April 2015 Shark of the Month: Great Hammerhead

April 2015 Shark of the Month: Great Hammerhead

Name: Great Hammerhead Shark Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran Key Features: The Great Hammerhead Shark is light-grey in color and has an unmistakable hammer-shaped head, called a cephalophoil, which is used to improve maneuverability, increase sensory capacity (utilizing Ampullae of Lorenzini), […]