A rare shark clinic has been discovered among deep-sea coral reefs about 200 miles west of Ireland. Movies captured in…
A rare shark clinic has been discovered among deep-sea coral reefs about 200 miles west of Ireland.
Movies captured in July by a remote-driven vehicle (ROV) illustrate an unusual number of fallouts spreading approximately 750 meters (820 meters) below sea level.
Such large concentrations, according to the Irlands Marine Institute, “rarely registered”, suggest that women can gather in this area to lay their eggs.
“We are pleased to report the discovery of a rare shark clinic on a scale not previously documented in Irish waters,” said David Sullivan, Senior Researcher at the SeaRover (Sensitive Ecosystem Analysis and ROV Exploration of Reef habitat) last week.
“This discovery shows the importance of documenting sensitive marine habitats,” he continued, “and will give us a better understanding of the biology of these beautiful animals and their ecosystem function in Ireland’s biologically sensitive area.”  O & # 39; Sullivan is a member of INFOMAR, a 20-year government initiative to map the physical, chemical and biological properties of Ireland’s seabed.
A large school of blackmouth catshark ( Galeus malestomus ) swimming around the site indicates that eggs belong to this species – common in the northeastern Atlantic.
Sailfin roughshark ( Oxynotus paradoxus ) – a species of dogfish shark-was also observed.
“Both species are of scientific interest because Ireland has an obligation to monitor the deep-sea oceans in accordance with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive,” said Maurice Clarke, of the Marine Institute’s Advisory Services in a statement.