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HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH is a project that studies the unknown species of hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna spp.) in the Canary Islands. This research is the first initiative in the Canary Islands to collect scientific information of these particular shark species to help in their conservation.

HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH: A project that studies hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna spp.) in the Canary Islands to achieve their conservation, employing tagging techniques.

The project logo, elaborated by Plunk Artes Visuales, is adapted from pieces in the archaeological collection form the Museo Canario to the singular shape of a hammerhead shark.

ElasmoCan will study different dynamic population aspects of the hammerheads, like their distribution, growth and migrations. This research will provide important information that enables a more effective management of these species in the Archipelago.

Tagging and release of a smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) to study their dynamic population charachteristics (HAMMERHEAD SHARK RESEARCH); photo credit Filip Osaer.

Tagging and release of a smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena)


You can help with the conservation of hammerhead sharks in the Canary Islands by sharing your observations through this form or another contribution.


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With the generous support from:

Loro Parque Fundación



Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment from the Canarian GovernmentMinistry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Food & Environment (MAPAMA) With the authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Food & Environment, and with knowledge from the Canarian Government.


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