Caribbean Reef Shark
There are over 400 species of sharks in the worlds oceans. They have ruled the seas since before the time of the dinosaurs, roughly some 400 million years. Sharks are highly adapted fish that fulfill crucially important roles in the various ocean ecosystems in which they reside. The main aim of the Sharklab's research is to elucidate the role of these amazing animals and their place in the ocean, and to spread a message of conservation.
The BBFS has captured and recorded 13 species of sharks in the shallow waters around Bimini. However, the number of sharks around the island is even higher when you consider the sharks of the deep waters off Bimini's western shores. Along with the species featured below, the BBFS has witnessed and recorded captures of Shortfin Mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus), Bigeye Thresher sharks (Alopias sperciliosus), Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias), Smooth hound (Mustelus canis), and Sixgill Sharks (Hexanchus sp.).
Use the list below to find out more on specific sharks found around Bimini.