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GREY NURSE SHARK

CARCHARIAS TAURUS

STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

The Australian east coast grey nurse shark is a critically endangered species. Historically, they were hunted nearly to extinction during the 1950s and 60s by spearfishing and the commercial fishing industry. They were the first shark in the world to be afforded protective status in 1984. Their numbers have since not recovered.

Montague Island, New South Wales
Nikon D810, Tokina 10–17, 1/160, f/10, ISO 250, Inon Z 240 strobes, handheld

by Matt Tworkowski