North Atlantic Ocean
Shortfin makos are the gold medalists of the shark world. They jump the highest, swim the fastest and cover marathon distances in the open ocean. David is exploring how their Olympian lifestyles overlap with commercial fishing fleets.
Palmyra Atoll, USA
Divers are traditionally used to estimate shark numbers, but human presence changes shark behaviour and can make these estimates inaccurate – but how inaccurate? By using underwater cameras to count sharks, Darcy aims to answer this question.
South African coastline
Two species of smooth-hound sharks – common and white-spotted – are targeted by fishermen along South Africa’s coast. Simo is examining their physical and genetic differences to help us understand the relationship between these species.
Nick is on a mission to save Malaysia’s turtles. By convincing policy makers and fishermen to equip shrimp trawlers with Turtle Excluder Devices and studying the ecology of the turtles, he’s tackling the problem head on.
Neptune Islands, Australia
Cage diving with the ocean’s most famous predator is a multimillion-dollar tourist business, but how is this impacting white sharks’ hunting behaviour? Is chasing bait, and sometimes eating it, having a negative impact on their diet?
Samuel, better known as Doc, has been studying sharks for 50 years. He discovered how sharks see and even gave us insights into how they think. He founded the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1990, and has been training and inspiring young shark researchers ever since.
Cabo Delgado Province, North Mozambique
Very little is known about the sharks and rays of this remote archipelago, but as the number fishermen here grows, these animals face increasing pressure. Isabel is establishing basic information about them and raising local awareness.
The Azores is one of the few places on earth where Chilean devil rays gather in large groups. We know that these rays are among the ocean’s deepest divers, but otherwise they remain a mystery to us. What will researchers discover with the use of remote underwater video stations?
In the face of illegal logging, wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction, Equador’s park rangers have their work cut out for them. Through this training project, Daniela hopes to give the country’s marine park rangers an edge.