I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if you appreciate how important sharks are, you likely also appreciate how important the environment is. Where did your appreciation come from? You might be like me and have your parents to thank for your love of nature. But how do you foster an appreciation for nature in your own family? As an informal science educator and family member, I’ve provided some suggestions on family environmental engagement based on my experiences and observations.
The Gillis Lab has been making waves on Twitter recently... and so, of course, TFUI Founder Melissa had to reach out to talk to them about their research. Head of the lab, Andrew Gillis, was kind enough to take some time to speak to us! We talk about embryonic development of cartilaginous fishes to understand the origin and early evolution of vertebrates (curious? Keep reading!), chimaeras, and what he hopes for the scientific future of the UK...
Like many animals, this critter goes by a lot of names: spiny dogfish, cape shark, spurdog, mud shark, white-spotted spurdog, and piked dogfish. Scientifically known as Squalus acanthias, they are called ‘dogfish’ by fisherman to them hunting shoals of fish in ‘packs’... just like dogs.
This marine animal has a range of the shallows up to 1,460 metres deep and usually found at 50 - 300 metres. Found in the eastern Atlantic (Iceland to South Africa) and western Atlantic (from Greenland all the way down to Argentina), they are also found all around the Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, and the Black Sea.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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