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Sharks & Rays

Being driven to extinction

Sharks & Rays



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Sharks & Rays

Sharks & Rays

Anenome Fish

Anenome Fish

Anthias

Fairy Basslets

Angelfish

Angelfish

Batfish

Batfish

Blennies

Blennies

Butterflyfish

Butterflyfish

Cardinalfish

Cardinalfish

Dragonets

Dragonetes

Dottybacks

Dottybacks

Gobies

Gobies

Ghost Pipefish

Ghostpipefish

Hawkfish

Hawkfish

Seahorses

Seahorse

Scorpionfish

Seahorse

Wrasse

Wrasse

Sharks have lived in our oceans for 420 million years and rays for c. 200 million years. Populations of many species have decreased by as much as 90% in the last 50 years and are in desperate need of conservation.

Sharks



The sites of the aid organisations describe the plight of sharks in detail. Check them out for up to date information.

Sharks are essential to the health of reefs, ensuring that only the healthiest fish survive. Massive overfishing has decimating populations and must be stopped.

Check out the aid organisations and if you are in the European Union, vote now in the Stop Finning campaign to try and motivate the EU to ban shark finning.

Stegostoma fasciatum
Rhincodon typus
Rhincodon typus  - male
Rhincodon typus
Rhincodon typus male
Rhincodon typus
Rhincodon typus gills
Nebrius ferrugineus
Nebrius ferrugineus
Hemiscyllium freycineti
Hemiscyllium freycineti
Hemiscyllium freycineti
Orectolobus ornatus
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - hiding under an outcrop
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - on coral
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - juvenile
 Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - mouth & eyes
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - head from above
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon dermal flaps
Caecharhinus melanopterus

Rays



Rays are as much threatened as sharks. The global extinction risk now cites c.75% as threatened with extinction. Most of these were very common only a few years ago.

As with sharks, their long life-spans, the many years before they can breed and the very low number of offspring have contributed to their catastrophic decline in numbers.

Manta alfredi
Manta alfredi
Taeniura lymma
Taeniura lymma
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Torpedo sp.

Help Save Reefs!



The organisations that work to protect sharks and rays need as much support as they can get. Extinction is forever! Check out:

If you are a diver, and especially if you are an underwater photographer, donate. If you do nothing, there will be nothing to dive on and nothing to photograph.

These are suggestions, but not endorsements of the suggested organisations. It is your responsibility to review and check the charities you wish to donate to.

Sharks

Sharks

The sites of the aid organisations describe the plight of sharks in detail. Check them out for up to date information.

Sharks are essential to the health of reefs, ensuring that only the healthiest fish survive. Massive overfishing has decimating populations and must be stopped.

Check out the aid organisations and if you are in the European Union, vote now in the Stop Finning campaign to try and motivate the EU to ban shark finning.

Stegostoma fasciatum
Rhincodon typus
Rhincodon typus  - male
Rhincodon typus
Rhincodon typus male
Rhincodon typus
Rhincodon typus gills
Nebrius ferrugineus
Nebrius ferrugineus
Hemiscyllium freycineti
Hemiscyllium freycineti
Hemiscyllium freycineti
Orectolobus ornatus
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - hiding under an outcrop
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - on coral
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - juvenile
ucrossorhinus dasypogon - mouth & eyes
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon - head from above
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon dermal flaps
Caecharhinus melanopterus

Rays

Rays

Rays are as much threatened as sharks. The global extinction risk now cites c.75% as threatened with extinction. Most of these were very common only a few years ago.

As with sharks, their long life-spans, the many years before they can breed and the very low number of offspring have contributed to their catastrophic decline in numbers.

Manta alfredi
Manta alfredi
Taeniura lymma
Taeniura lymma
Taeniura lymma - eye poking above the sand
Torpedo sp.