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At Sharks And Rays Australia, we believe that long-term conservation goals can only be achieved if they are based on sound science, public outreach and working with local stakeholders. As such, SARA was formed with the aim to run research expeditions with the involvement of the general public.

SARA is based in the city of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. Cairns is often referred to as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Well over hundred thousand people flock to the Great Barrier Reef from here every year, to experience the largest reef ecosystem in the world. But Cairns is also the last big city on the way north to the remote regions of Cape York Peninsula. The landscapes of Cape York are ancient, sparsely inhabited and highly variable due to the alternating dry and wet seasons.

What not many people know is that these ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef and also the river systems and coast lines of Cape York Peninsula are inhabited by various species of sharks, rays, and sawfishes. For one species of sawfish, the rivers in Northern Australia may actually be their last retreat.

For more information on our research and on how to get involved please see here and check out our facebook page for updates.


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This footage is incredible! Hammerheads are electroreception specialists with a particular high number of sensors on their cephalofoil (hammer). This allows all elasmos to the detect an electric field that is a by-product of life - you cannot turn it off. See how he's searching over the sand? Amazing!
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This stingray may look hidden, but its stealth is no match for the hammerhead’s impressive set of predatory talents. See what makes the shark so skillful on Hunting the Hammerhead tonight at 9:

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This stingray may look hidden, but its stealth is no match for the hammerhead’s impressive set of predatory talents. See what makes the shark so skillful on Hunting the Hammerhead tonight at 9:

Hello everyone, we need someone (or maybe a few people) to write short texts about the species that you might encounter if you come out in the field with us. You will be named as the author and you get to look into the biology of some very cool sharks and rays (different sawfish species, bull sharks, speartooth sharks, pigeye sharks, freshwater whip rays). if you're interested please email Barbara thank you 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Sharks And Rays Australialargetooth sawfish and bull shark are taken 🙂 but there are a few more that require attention so please get in touch!1   ·  2 weeks ago

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Do you know what this is? Or can you translate Japanese?
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【うちわのような脚を使って器用に泳ぐミズムシ】 2011年8月2日に三陸沖の水深約5,350mで撮影された甲殻類の仲間、ミズムシ亜目の1種の映像です。   後ろの脚の先端がうちわのように広がり、それを使い、後ろ向きに遊泳しています。うちわをランダムに動かして泳いでいるように見えたのですが、映像をよく見ると、上下左右に規則的に動かしているようにも見えます。   脚を器用に動かして泳ぐ姿が、かわいらしくほっこりさせられました。   JAMSTECの深海映像・画像アーカイブス(J-EDI)では、「しんかい6500」や「ハイパードルフィン」などの潜水調査船や無人探査機で撮影された貴重な深海の映像や画像を公開しています。   ◆「JAMSTEC深海映像・画像アーカイブス(J-EDI)」スタッフのお気に入り深海映像

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Sandrine Erwin-RoseNamiko Foxcroft??1   ·  2 weeks ago

Jess ThomasIt is one kind of image of the subspinctoria cinerea photographed at the water depth of about 5,350 m off the Sanriku, on August 2, 20111   ·  2 weeks ago

Jess ThomasI translated it via Google which seems to suggest it is a subspinctoria cinerea? If that is a real species name.2 weeks ago

Jess ThomasPretty cool videos on the site but based on the translation on this page that says this is from a cockroach family and the fact that subspinctoria cinerea does not seem to be a real scientific name...I think I am at a dead end. I have been of no help. Out of curiosity this a species of deep sea shark eating an eel? A ghost chimaera?2 weeks ago

Jess ThomasI have is an Isopod - Aselotta species. Uchiwa is a type of Japanese fan and the "feet" or "fins" (sorry do not know the correct term) look like a uchiwa: weeks ago

Sharks And Rays AustraliaHey Jess thank you for looking into this! Although i am a bit sad that it is not a cockroach!!1   ·  2 weeks ago

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