We introduce Melissa’s FAVORITE shark, the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). The stripes, the teeth, their massive size. Sigh. Let’s talk about the shark that kicked off the 2016 Shark Week with a big splash.
The genus name Galeocerdo is derived from the ancient Greek: "γαλεος" (galeos) = Aristotle's shark; "κερδω" (kerdo) = pig. And while they lack a piggy snout and the usual pink-hue, they sure have an appetite of a piggy! By that, we mean they eat everything (see some examples here). In fact, they have a bad reputation for it, nicknamed “the garbage can of the sea.” This sort of goes to show you how bad pollution has gotten, as some of these things definitely should not be in the ocean.
Spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari), members of the eagle ray family, Myliobatidae. These are probably some of Melissa's favourite rays because of their sheer beauty, size and how abundant they are in her (tropical) dives. Even though they are frequent visitors (or maybe she's just the spotted eagle ray whisperer), they are considered Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List and decreasing. However, no data is available on population trends.
We’ll admit it that we often struggle writing posts about skates because we weren’t as familiar with them as the other critters presented in The Fins Untied Initiative. In 2016, we are actively promoting these lesser known animals to not only teach you but ourselves!
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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