In an unusual place, a shark has been found that has not been seen for more than a decade: an Indian fish market. Environmentalists discovered the endangered Ganges shark in photographs taken for a study recently published in the Journal of Fish Biology.
Sponsored by a Save Our Seas Foundation scholarship in February 2016, several sharks sold in Sassoon raised docks in Mumbai over a two-year period, according to New Scientist. Scientists studying the photos thought they saw a familiar face in the crowd – and indeed they were right.
The 8-foot, 7-inch female shark was the Ganges shark, occasionally mistaken for the bull shark. The shark has a round snout, small eyes and a stocky physique.
"River sharks are particularly mysterious," said Gavin Naylor, a professor at the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, Fox News 2015. "They have tiny little eyes and very wide fins. These are adjustments for when you see where those things live, the visibility is about an inch, it's totally muddy water. "
" River sharks are especially mysterious, they have tiny little eyes and very wide fins. "
The creature was first discovered in 1839, although little is known about the species because so few were ever caught.
"Many people I've never seen these animals [in the flesh]," Naylor said, adding that it's not uncommon for shark body parts to appear on local fish markets. Fishermen often try to sell the jaws and fins of the shark.[It] is also being fished by locals for its meat and oil, "World Wildlife Federation India said in a statement on its website.
Experts are still trying to pinpoint the exact location of this gangshai, though They suspect it was somewhere along the Arabian Sea.
"There are so few specimens of river sharks from all over the world that just about all the information we have, either on preserved specimens from the last century or on pines that one has They have been identified as river sharks at some point, "said Rima Jabado, founder of the Gulf Elasmo Project, a non-profit conservation organization in the United Arab Emirates, to New Scientist.
The" extremely rare "creature, among the 20 most Endangered shark species in the world, is currently protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act of India, 1972.
Animal Delight We hope that this find will inspire people in the region to protect the rare creatures.
"Given the critically endangered status of this species and its rarity, urgent management measures are needed to determine population size and frequency trends in combination with fishery education and awareness campaigns," reiterated authors of the study.