We’ve all seen those photos. I’m talking about the photos of a skinny polar bear, a dead albatross chick with a stomach full of plastic, or a drone view of a deforested landscape. How do those photos make you feel? Sad? Helpless? Concerned?
I find that when I look at photos like those or read about environmental issue after environmental issue, I start to feel hopeless, scared, and just a general sense of overwhelmingness (which is a real word, I checked). Anyone else feel that way?
Get ready for another member of the Rajidae family that is endemic to Western Australia! That's right, the sandy skate (Pavoraja arenaria), also known as the yellow skate, has only been found at depths of ranging from 192 all the way down to 712 meters (usually referring 300 to 400 meters) off the WA coast!
We've mentioned before on The Fins United Initiative that there are three thresher sharks. A fourth species (currently unrecognized) may exist, currently known from one specimen’s muscle samples. We're excited to introduce you to one of these zorro-like marine animals today! It goes by a number of common names such as Fox Shark, Smalltooth Thresher Shark, Whiptail Shark or just plain Thresher Shark... but we will refer to it as the Pelagic Thresher Shark.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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