HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH
Tagging study of hammerhead sharks
What is HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH?
HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH is a project that studies the vulnerable hammerhead shark species (Sphyrna spp.) in the Canary Islands. This is necessary to improve the understanding of these particular species and to help in the local conservation management of their populations.
How is HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH done?
We record biological data from the hammerheads and mark them with numbered tags. This technique will provide information during each resightment that will allow us to know different aspects of their population dynamics like distribution, growth and migrations in between others.
We also use satellite telemetry, where the shark carries a small device that stores temperature, -depth and -light intensity data. After a programmed time, it releases from the shark and transmits the archived data to a satellite once floating at the surface.
How can you help in the conservation of hammerheads?
You can provide us with valuable information like tag number, location, date and photographs through this form in case you observe or incidentally capture a hammerhead shark tagged by ElasmoCan. This information will help us to improve the knowledge of the sharks and propose an efficient management of their populations. Please remind to release the individual as fast as possible and in the best possible condition as per the ruling regulations.
In case you observe an individual that is not marked or for any other observation of marine species you can report your sighting through the portal of the Canarian government Red PROMAR.
Help us and share your sightings.