The question we get the most about the crocodile shark (Pseudocarcharias kamoharai) is if they actually look like crocodiles. Sorry to burst your bubble, but no. So if you were expecting a small croc-looking animal with fins... well, sorry.
When you think of a shark scientist, you don't normally think "India." But the fact is that the Indian region is important for sharks and their relatives. For example, there are six species of river sharks found in the world, and one of them (the Ganges shark, Glyphis gangeticus) is endemic to India. India ranks second after Indonesia on the global list of shark fishing nations. India is the world's third largest harvester of sharks. So it makes sense that they have conservationists and scientists- defenders, if you will- in this region.
That's where Shaili Johri comes in. Not only is she a shaker and mover (as a women in STEM in India and one of the growing number of shark scientists in the region), but she's doing important research and telling people about it through outreach and science communication to the general public and those who do the fishing- the fishing communities. TFUI founder Melissa and Shaili met while in Malaysia for a conference and she is a force to be reckoned with, y'all. We were lucky to catch up with Shaili and talk for this special Behind the Fins interview...
The bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus) is another of the three confirmed species of thresher sharks. This active predator is a large shark in the Alopiidae family, found in all temperate and tropical oceans. Rarely are they spotted in shallow waters, preferring the open ocean and can venture into deep waters.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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