See sharks in the wild and support their protection with SEEtheWILD
SEE Sharks on these Conservation Tours
Galapagos Wildlife Adventure
Mexico: Swimming with Whale Sharks
Shark Conservation in Belize
Whale Sharks & Turtles of the Yucatan
Did You Know? Sharks, skates, and rays are collectively termed Elasmobranchs, which are a subclass of Chondrichthyes, or the cartilaginous fishes.The largest shark is the Whale shark which can reach up to 40 feet in length.Manta rays are currently hunted in Mexico, Indonesia, and the Philippines for meat. They have been so heavily hunted in Mexico that their populations have crashed there.50 shark species are listed as vulnerable,endangered, or critically endangered by the IUCN, but only the Great White, Whale, and Basking sharks are protected internationally by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).They have a skeleton made entirely of cartilage rather than bone as in other fish. In general, this group is slow growing, late maturing, and produce few young compared to other fish.
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