Thursday 15 November 2018

WATCH: Rare shark nursery discovered off west coast of Ireland

Marine Institute & INFOMAR & EMFF

A team of marine scientists have discovered a very rare shark nursery, 200 miles west of Ireland.

So-called 'mermaid's purses', or eggs, were discovered littered across the seabed during an exploration of Ireland's deep ocean territory, with large numbers filmed at depths of up to 750 metres.

Marine scientists say such large concentrations of eggs are rarely recorded, and suggest that females may gather in the area. A nearby coral reef might also act as a refuge for juvenile shark pups when they hatch.

Read more: Rare sharks' nursery of 'mermaid's purses' eggs found off the west coast

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