World's Largest Community Of Sharks Found In The Northern Galapagos Islands

Posted: May 11 2016, 9:29am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

World's Largest Community of Sharks Found in the Northern Galapagos Islands
A group of hammerhead sharks swims over the sandy seafloor populated with garden eels at Darwin Island. These sharks are known for their ability to make sudden and sharp turns as the unique wide-set placement of their eyes allows them a vertical 360-degree view, which is ideal for stalking their prey. Credit: Enric Sala/National Geographic, from 'National Geographic Pristine Seas'
  • Biggest Community of Sharks is Extant in the Galapagos Islands

A study shows that the biggest community of sharks is extant in the northern region of the Galapagos Islands.

The northern areas of the Galapagos Islands are a marine sanctuary for the largest collection of sharks. These sharks include in their ranks such samples as hammerheads and reef species.

They constitute the topmost predators in the food webs in the region. The research was published in a journal recently. The biomass of the sharks weighed 12.4 tons per hectare.

That’s pretty humongous by any standard. Behind the effort lay the two organizations known as NatGeo and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Thanks to overfishing, the world’s population of sharks has dwindled in recent times. Sharks and other carnivorous fish have been reduced in numbers till only 10% of these original inhabitants of the marine depths remain.

It is the presence of these sharks that indicates a well-balanced marine cycle of predator-prey interactivity. The information has been gathered from two years of solid research.

The northern area of the Galapagos Islands is like a jewel in the crown of this site which served as a starting place for Charles Darwin’s investigations into evolution.

The region is filled with sharks and predatory marine life forms. Although the shark biomass is massive, so to say, the large quantity of reef fishes have diminished to the point of near extinction.

Until 2016 rolled along, the loci were not protected from poachers and pirate fishermen. Now though laws have been implemented although it looks like a case of too little, too late.

The Galapagos Islands are a valuable tourism spot for the Ecuadorian government. While Charles Darwin made these islands known to the rest of the world, even he was unaware of the vast cornucopia of marine life forms teeming in the waters surrounding these islands.

Scientists and video clip makers have started conducting careful experiments on these islands. The results of this study will prove to be an invaluable asset for science and scientists.

Going deep into the sea’s depths will lend a wonderful view into another world inhabited by sharks and barracudas. This study, published in the journal PeerJ, serves as a gemstone for modern science because it opens up a wholly new universe of influence to the observation standards of the scientific method.

The Galapagos Islands are not only precious for Ecuador but for the rest of the global village we inhabit.

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