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Shark species 

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Puerto Rico


Shark species consumed locally

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Shark species protected locally

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Nurse Sharks

The nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, known as "gata" is the only locally protected shark species in Puerto Rico. This shark is commonly found in shallow waters of coral reefs and seagrass beds around the island and is generally docile towards humans. 


Local law prohibts the capture and sell of this shark species. Despite this protection, nurse sharks are still subjected to exploitation and are consumed knowingly and unknowingly. Like many shark species, little is known about the population status of nurse sharks in Puerto Rico. This research project aims to address this question through a nurse shark tagging and reporting program.


In addition, any other species of shark sighted in Puerto Rican waters can be reported on this site. Help us better understand the status of all sharks in our area!


Report a
Shark Sighting

Let us know if you see a Nurse shark with a bright yellow tag! These sharks are part of our study and we would like to know where and when they are sighted. 

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