Sunday , June 13 2021

One of the rarest sharks in the world, spotted off the coast of North Wales



A small population of critically endangered sharks is noticed to swim around the coast of North Wales.

Recent Angelsharks observations around Holyhead and Cardigan Bay show that some of the sharks still live in Welsh waters.

Mysterious Angelsharks are now classified as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species after a rapid decline in the 20th century due to a number of threats, including habitat disturbances, pollution and accidental catches in fisheries.

Known as flat sharks, this species spends most of its time in camouflage at the bottom of the seabed by planting fish and was once spread in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Angelsharks are known as
Angelsharks are known as "flat sharks" due to their shape and size

Described as the "greatest predator," scientists say Angelsharks are important to the marine environment and are listed as the fifth most evolutionary and globally threatened (EDGE) shark in the world.

In honor of the shark, the citizens of Wales are now invited to share stories, memories and pictures of critically endangered Angelskark at the international charity ZSL (London Zoological Society) and NRW (Natural Resources Wales), the first of its kind "Angelshark" History Roadshow & # 39 ;.

Traveling through Wales, the unique road will not only emphasize the charismatic Angelskirk, but will also seek information from local communities to better understand the species.

The knowledge will be used by ZSL and NRW scientists to identify important Angelshark habitats and explore how their numbers may have changed over time.

Recent observations around Hollyhead and Cardigan Bay suggest that a number of endangered sharks still live in Welsh waters
Recent observations around Hollyhead and Cardigan Bay suggest that a number of endangered sharks still live in Welsh waters

Joanna Barker, Angelshark Project Manager at ZSL, said: "We want people across Wales to help us understand more about the historical scope of this important shark and its cultural link in Wales.

"Someone might have an old picture in the drawer, a memory of their grandfather, or maybe even tell us about a recent observation of an angel-skank.

"Even if people have not heard of Angelskark, we would like them to come and tell us about the local area – changes in local industry, fishing practices or infrastructure can help us fill the stories of history and create the best plan for action to keep them in the future. "

The road show began in Nephin today (January 25th) and will continue in February and March to Milford Haven, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Hollyhead.

ZSL and NRW, in partnership with 13 organizations across Wales, launched the British Project: Wales in July 2018, which was made possible by the 128,000 pounds of funding from the National Lottery through the Lottery Heritage Foundation the Government of Wales.

They hide beneath the sand to camouflage to facilitate the capture of their prey
They hide beneath the sand to camouflage to facilitate the capture of their prey

The aim of the project is to build a clearer picture of where Angelskark is located in the Welsh waters and to understand their role in the Welsh Marine Heritage.

The showhude will stay in each city for two days. To learn more about events, please contact [email protected] or visit www.angelsharknetwork.com/wales.


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