Yes, it’s that special time again — Shark Week, the Discovery Network’s celebration of all things chondrichthyan, when sharks are on the air … andin our waters.
In urban New York City, mention “shark” any other time of year, people might think of lawyers, cards and loans. Most folks are surprised to learn that at least 26 species of sharks and 14 species of skates and rays (sharks’ close cousins) ply the coastal and offshore waters of New York, especially from spring to fall.
As a native New Yorker, I may be a bit biased, but I think New York is a great place for kids to grow up, having raised two wonderful ones of my own here. Apparently, a number of these shark species think New York is a great place for their kids to grow up, too.
How do we know? For the past five summers, my team of scientists at the Wildlife onservation Society’s New York Aquarium has been studying sharks in New York’s waters.
Photo: Smithsonian Institution/Wikimedia Commons (CC0)