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What’s in a Name? Part I: The Race to Ninja Lantershark.

The Ninja Lanternshark (Etmopterus benchleyi) by Vicky Vásquez     On December 21st, 2015, another ‘Lost Shark’ was officially found by the Pacific Shark Research Center (PSRC). PSRC is one of the world’s leading labs in chondrichthyan taxonomy research and I … Continue reading

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Seeking new species of Ghost Shark

White Sharks, Manta Rays and Tiger Sharks are easily identifiable to most, but there are more than 1,200 species of sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras, collectively called Chondrichthyans, known to science. For my Master’s thesis I study a unique group of … Continue reading

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Whalefest: Not Just a Tale of Whales

By Melissa Nehmens, PSRC On January 25th and 26th, the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf held its 4th annual Whalefest event to celebrate the migration of grey whales. Thanks to the efforts of fellow Pacific Shark Research Center (PSRC) student, Kristin Walovich, … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

By Melissa Nehmens This time of year offers the chance to provide a romanticized explanation of autumn on the central coast. I could explain how here at Moss Landing the weather is turning colder, the leaves are changing color, and … Continue reading

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99 bottles of fish on the wall? Try 200,000!

By Kristin Walovich Fellow grad student Catarina Pien and I were lucky enough to visit to the California Academy of Science in San Francisco to check out their extensive museum collection, home to nearly 1.2 million specimens!   We were on … Continue reading

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How long is that tail?

On Labor Day weekend, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ own Pacific Shark Research Center (PSRC) had the opportunity to dissect a 14.7 feet long common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus). The female shark was found washed up on the beach on Moss … Continue reading

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‘Spot a Basking Shark’ Project. How can you help save this endangered shark?

By Kristin Walovich, Pacific Shark Research Center Contrary to Hollywood’s portrayal of gigantic man-eating sharks, the three largest species of shark spend their time peacefully roaming the ocean’s surface munching on the ocean’s smallest creatures.  Basking Sharks, the second largest … Continue reading

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