New Hammerhead Shark Breeding Area Found

Mar 22, 2019

A new breeding are for endangered hammerhead sharks has been discovered off Santa Cruz Island; the area is home to about 20 sharks. This refugee is the second known of protection for this shark specie.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature considers the hammerhead shark an endangered species. They are not particularly fertile reproducers, and combined with a demand for their fins in Asia, the species is vulnerable.

Researches have placed tracking devices to 5 of the juvenile sharks in order to monitor their behavior within their habitat. Ecuador established in 2016 a large Marine Reserve to protect this threatened species and is home to over 2800 individuals.

Eduardo Espinoza, head researcher said that this is an effort to provide a safe environment for this and other species to thrive in the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Archipelago. Conservation of the National Park has been a difficult task so far due to many factors like illegal fishing, over-population and insertion of foreign species by national authorities and international organizations are working strenuously to maintain the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Islands.

The Galapagos is truly a natural paradise on Earth, and is our commitment to guard and respect its unique and biodiverse wildlife. Enjoy the marvels of the Archipelago while cruising in one of our recommended boats: Ocean SprayInfinityEndemicSea Star JourneyGalapagos LegendTip Top IIBeagle.

Hammerhead sharks are difficult to easily spot when cruising the Galapagos; but if you are an eager and expert open-waters diver, there are great possibilities to spot them especially around Darwin and Wolf Islands when taking a full diving live-aboard cruise with yachts like the Nortada or the Aggressor.

Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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