KOMPAS.com – Scientists have just discovered a "shark nest" of large sharks in Irish waters. This nest is unusual because predatory fish use damaged coral reefs to hide eggs.
This rare finding was obtained after scientists conducted a remote operation to explore cold water in Ireland. It goes to a depth of 750 meters.
In these observations, the scientists observed a nest inhabited by a group of black katsharks. Blackmouth catsharks itself is one of the small sharks found throughout the northeastern Atlantic.
This species is not alone. These are sharks that are usually lonely and rarely occur.
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There was no visible shark baby around the place during the observation. Yet SeaRover researchers wanted to record all the events.
The aim is to watch the eggs of the flap hatch.
"There are no shark puppies on the scene and it is believed that adult sharks could use damaged coral reefs and open carbon stones to lay their eggs," said David O'Sullivan, chief scientist at SeaRover. IndependentOn Monday (11.11.2018).
"(While) healthy coral reefs around it can act as hiding places for shark children as they hatch," he added.
Sullivan added that further research on "nests" would address many important questions about the ecology of deep-sea sharks in Irish waters.
This rare finding has been reported at the Seafare Mapping seminar at INFOMAR in Ireland, Konsale.
"We are delighted that these findings have been announced at this event, demonstrating the importance of mapping our seabed environment in understanding and managing large and valuable marine resources," Oulo Sullivan stressed.
"Our data and we continue to make a significant contribution to harnessing the ocean's wealth," he continued.