Sharks and rays in the southwest Indian Ocean

sharks of swio

The southwest Indian Ocean is one of the last remaining strongholds for sharks and rays. At least 211 species are currently known to be found in the region – nearly a quarter of all shark and ray species globally. 56 species are endemic and it is likely that many remain undescribed. Approximately 25 percent of these shark and ray species are threatened although their status is still relatively poorly known given the scarcity of reliable ecological, capture and trade data.

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