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Kelly of the Wild

Salmon Shark

$500

Kelly of the Wild

Salmon Shark

$500

The salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) is a species of mackerel shark found in coastal and pelagic environments of the North Pacific Ocean! Like its name suggests, Salmon Sharks feed on Salmon, but they also love to snack on squid, sablefish, and herring! In order to find this variety of nomadic prey, Salmon Sharks spend their entire life migrating in fevers through the cool seas of the Northern Pacific. Once they track down a school of fish, dozens of sharks will start working together to corral the school into a tight bait ball, and once they're rounded up, the sharks will take turns darting into the school (often times leaping from the water in an acrobatic display). Why this is so interesting, is because this little shark shows us one of the few displays of collaborative pack behavior in sharks! Thankfully, due to regulations on seasonal quota and fishing gear throughout its range, this species is considered of least concern on the endangered species list! What this shows us is how more shark populations could rebound just like the Salmon Sharks if there is a shift towards greater regulations on fishing gear with a high rate of bycatch (Like longlines and gillnets). This type of gear catches over 50 million sharks as bycatch every year, which is about 50% of the total 100 million sharks killed yearly! One way you can support this shift is through choosing sustainably caught fish, and letting your local grocer know you're interested in eco-friendly food!

Details

  • 19" x 24" graphite on acid-free Bristol paper
  • Can be shipped unframed or framed. Email for framing options
  • Free shipping :)