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Sharks in the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Sharks | Whale Shark | Hammerhead Shark | Galapagos Shark | White Tipped Reef Shark | Black Tipped Shark | Silky Shark

The Humboldt and Cromwell currents and the cooler waters of Galapagos draw sharks to feed in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Even though shark fishing is prohibited, illegal fishing continues to threaten their existence. Scientists at the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) recognize that improved understanding of sharks is the key to providing adequate protection.

There are 27 shark species native to Galapagos including:

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus)

Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna species)

Pointed-nosed sharks including:

Galapagos sharks (Carcharinus galapagensis)

Silky sharks (C. falciformis)

White tipped reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus)

Black tipped sharks (C. limbatus)

Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks hunted through our oceans and even in some rivers and lakes.  They are such good survivors that they have had little need to evolve in the last 150 million years!

Galapagos Sharks | Whale Shark | Hammerhead Shark | Galapagos Shark | White Tipped Reef Shark | Black Tipped Shark | Silky Shark

 

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