There has never been a more important time to protect sharks. 100 million sharks are killed globally every year either through fishing or accidental deaths caused by humans. In late 2019, the scalloped hammerhead was reclassified from endangered to critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Endangered species.
Galapagos is famous for its sharks. The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is rich with marine life and is one of the few places left in the world with such a high number of sharks.
As part of our Endangered Sharks of Galapagos programme, suspected nursery sites have been identified around Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands for blacktip and scalloped hammerhead sharks. This project focuses on mapping these areas to establish them as ‘true’ nursery sites, and ultimately implement better protections.