Are you a dive master working in the Med? Or are you taking your diving holidays in this little-known diving paradise (it is, trust me)?
Then pls keep your eyes peeled and if you see a mermaid purse - those large, white eggs that nursehound sharks lay on red seafans - please let us know.
The nursehound - Scyliorhinus stellaris - is a species we don’t know much about - but we know that in many areas of the Med it has declined so much it almost vanished.
Scientists are trying to get more information; the IUCN is concerned that it may indeed qualify for the infamous “threatened” status. So any info we can get is very important.
And divers can provide a vital information: where they see the eggs - the special areas where this shark has its babies.
So - next time you see a mermaid purse, please fill in this form (in Italian) or send us an email at info [at] medsharks.org including where (dive site and area), at what depth, how many eggs and what they were attached to - and if you saw a nursehound shark in the dive too.
If you’re a photographer, take pictures - and if you dive regularly in the area, you might take pixes over the weeks - we could track together the growth of the baby shark.
But please always remember that inside the egg there’s a baby who’s delicate - so don’t touch or collect the ogg, OK?
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