ANGELSHARK-ID is a project that monitors the angelshark populations by employing their natural body marks. This technique guarantees a minimal impact to the individuals in return of a great effort from the researcher.
This research, which is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Loro Parque Fundación, studies the angelshark (Squatina squatina) in the Canary Islands to help with its conservation. This project responds to the need for a systematic monitoring of the population tendencies due to the concern over and the lack of knowledge of the conservation status from the species.
The project logo, elaborated by Plunk Artes Visuales, indicates the specific sharks’ characteristics that can be photographed and employed for individual identification. These are represented by a combination of shapes and decorations from different collection pieces from the Museo Canario.
ElasmoCan studies different angelshark aspects, such as genetics, reproduction, predators and citizen science in between others. These investigations, together with ANGELSHARK-ID, are important for the knowledge of their life history and allow to take effective management and conservation decisions for the species in its entire distribution.
With the generous support from Loro Parque Fundación