The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) made it's grand introduction to the scientific world in 1976 by a U.S navy research vessel operating around Oahu, Hawaii. How did the shark alert scientists of its presence? By getting tangled in a bunch of wires.
The Fins United Initiative is traveling around the world to learn about our ocean's different Chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras) and the diverse people who study them. We are currently focusing on sharks you see in the Asia region... so of course we want to talk to the people in this area who work/interact with these animals!
Thanda Ko Gyi volunteers with Marine Megafauna Foundation as a research assistant in Myanmar. Learn about Myanmar's relationship with sharks in this latest "Behind the Fins" interview!
Ever heard of a "sand shark"? It isn't a real thing. But sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus) are! They are also known as gray nurse sharks and look pretty ferocious look with their teeth that protrude even when their mouth is closed (it rarely is). Don't let that face - or the teeth! - scare you off. it is actually a pretty non-aggressive... until you bug it. Then, like any other animal, it will strike.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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