Brighton Sea Life Centre is appealing for eagle-eyed beachcombers to help resident shark experts from the Centre in a hunt for shark and ray eggs as part of The Shark Trust’s Great Eggcase Hunt.
“By recording egg-case findings from as many parts of the British coast as possible, the Shark Trust can identify key nursery grounds for sharks, skate and rays,” said Curator Carey Duckhouse.
“Many skate and ray species in particular have declined rapidly in recent decades, and this information could help provide protection in key areas to help stocks recover.”
Experts at the Sea Life Centre, who have completed research investigating sharks learning and intelligence through training them to respond to signs at feeding times, will be holding Q&A sessions at 11.30am every day until 3rd November as part of Shark Weeks.
The egg case hunt will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 30 October and the meeting place for anyone who wishes to take part will be to the left of Brighton Pier.
“This is a good time of year to look for cases as the storms wash empty cases up on the beach,” says Carey. The hunt will also include a beach clean to protect our environment even further.
The Sea Life Centre has a special focus on sharks this October for their Shark Weeks event with a host of activities running until 3rd November.
“We have a huge range of other creatures to meet and marvel at as well,” said Carey, “but the focus will be very firmly on sharks this month and we hope to convert as many people as possible into fervent shark fans.”
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Published 23rd October 2013
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