Shark of the month: Great Hammerhead Shark


Anatomy and Appearance Great hammerheads have an unmistakeable identity with the hammer shaped head that derives its name and the very large first dorsal fin that is strongly falcate. The second dorsal fin is also large but not as large as the first and has a strongly concave rear margin. …

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Saw Shark – Shark of the month

The saw shark is one of the weirdest ocean floor sharks. There are two genera of this fascinating shark family, the Pristiophorus with five gill slits on each body side, and the Pliotrema, that have six. There are a total of six species. Sawsharks can range up to 5.6 ft …

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Cookiecutter Shark – Shark of the Month

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The cookiecutter shark, also commonly known as the cigar shark, is a small dogfish shark that prefers warm oceanic waters, usually near islands. This shark prefers deep water and has been recorded in waters as deep as 3.7 km. It is a diurnal shark, meaning that it makes a nightly …

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Angel Shark – Shark of the Month

The angel shark (Squatina squatina) is one of the more unique sharks with its exceptionally flat body and large pectoral fins. It is certainly one of the many favorite sharks that we discuss during our Shark Guardian presentations. And everyone loves a shark that is shaped like an angel, which …

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Whale Shark – Shark of the month


The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known shark species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons. Unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist. Claims of individuals over 14 m long and weighing at least 30 …

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Bull Shark – Shark of the month

Bull Shark

The Bull Shark, also known as the Zambezi shark, is a large predator that is found in warm coastal waters through out the world. Unlike most shark species, bull sharks have the ability to swim and survive in fresh water and can be found thousands of miles up rivers. Bull …

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Shark of the month: Blue Shark

Blue Shark

The Blue Shark With our Shark Guardian tour of UK schools underway we wanted to feature a shark in this months ‘Shark Guardian – Shark of the Month’ on the Blue Shark. A shark that is found in and around the waters of the UK and Europe. The Blue shark is …

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Shark of the month: Dumb Gulper Shark

Dumb Gulper Shark

 Dumb Gulper Shark  (Centrophorus harrissoni) The dumb gulper shark is a rare, deep water dogfish found between the east coast of Australia and the north west of New Zealand.  Among other names, it is also known, amusingly, as the dumb shark! Anatomy and Appearance These greyish-brown sharks have a slender …

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Shark Of The Month: Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)

Tiger shark teeth

A large macro-predator, the tiger shark derives its name from the dark stripes down its body which resemble a tiger’s pattern. These dark stripes will fade as the shark matures. Tiger sharks have, over the past 50 years, received a lot of bad publicity due to their perceived aggressive behaviour towards humans. …

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Shark of the month: Swell Shark

Swell shark: amazing shark species

The Swell shark, also known as Inflatable or balloon sharks, Cephaloscyllium ventriosum, is a Catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae. A new species of swell shark was only recently discovered in the Philippines in 2011 and locals named it ‘Bubble shark’. When we do our Shark Guardian presentations the children love this name …

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Shark of the month: LEMON SHARK!

Lemon shark - named because if its skin colour

Found in sub tropical and tropical waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the lemon shark can grow to approximately 3 metres in length and weigh approximately 90 kilograms.  It is from the Carcharhinidae family.  There are 57+ species in this family that includes the more popular known Reef and …

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Shark of the month: Thresher Shark

Thresher Shark - Malapascua, Philippines

  Thresher sharks are definitely a favourite amongst school children Shark Guardian present to. With their long, distinctive tails and graceful movement in the water, they are definitely at the top of scuba divers’ lists for sharks they would like to see. There are 3 species of thresher shark and …

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April Shark of the Month: ZEBRA (LEOPARD) SHARK

Leopard Shark slide used in Shark Guardian presentation

Zebra Sharks (Stegostoma fasciatum or varium) Known by most of us in Thailand as Leopard sharks, these are one of Shark Guardians favourite sharks due to their beautiful colouring and friendly nature. An experience not to be missed as a diver is when you are able to get close to …

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Shark of the month: OCEANIC WHITETIP

Last month we told you all about the porbeagle shark as it was 1 of the 5 shark species to be discussed at CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) this month, possibly to go on to Appendix 2. Well as we’ve been keeping you up to date …

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Shark of the month: PORBEAGLE SHARK

Porbeagle shark: Lamna Nasus

The Porbeagle shark was our focus for shark of the month in February 2013 since CITES (The convention on International trade in endangered species) was approaching at the beginning of March, 2013. This is one of the lesser known sharks, but one which is in real danger of disappearing from …

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