Pieces of a rare shark nursery were found, which were found 200 miles west of Ireland. It is known as a "scale discovery" that was not previously documented in Irish waters. "
The film showed a large concentration of unwanted shark eggs, alongside patches of god cats, which suggest that the eggs themselves are of the same species.
The discovery was made during the most recent survey by Morol A remote operation of the Holland Institute 1 as part of the INFOMAR program, a joint venture between the Institute of the Sea (MI) and the Irish Geological Survey, jointly funded by the Irish Government and the European Fishing and Fisheries Fund European Union. INFOMAR aims to create "integrated mapping products of the physical, chemical and biological features of bed and sea in the coastal area."
This shark nursery was discovered during the weekly Searover survey (Sensory Ecosystem Analysis and Search for Reef habitat), which was held in July.
"This finding shows the significance of sensitive marine habitat documentation, and will give us a better understanding of the biology of these beautiful animals and their ecosystem function in the Irish Biological Sensitive Area," explained David O & # 39; Sullivan, Chief Scientist on the Searover survey.
"It was incredible," he continued, speaking to The Guardian, "the real things of David Attenborough. This is a great biological perception and if they had a story about this size on Blue Planet, he said . "Very little known on the global scale for deep sea shark nurseries."
The eggs had been placed on dead coral skeletons. According to the video above, coral reefs can provide shelter for newly born sharks.
As well as the huge numbers of god cats, the drone also managed to capture fragments of rare roughshark Sailfin, a species that could be there to feed the egg cases.
The Searover Survey was the second of three proposed surveys. The team are hoping to go back next year in an attempt to get a picture of the eggs that hatch.
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