Researchers captured footage of a rare shark nursery 2,500 feet below the coastal waters of Ireland
The Marine Institute of Ireland and the Geological Survey of Ireland captured drone footage of a rare shark nursery 200 miles off Ireland's western coast. Drone footage of a rare shark nursery, found 200 miles off west of Ireland, has been revealed. It's being called a discovery on a "scale not previously documented in Irish waters."
The footage showed off a large concentration of uncased shark eggs, alongside swarms of blackmouth catsharks, which suggests the eggs themselves were of the same species.
The discovery was made during the most recent survey by the Marine Institute's remotely operated vehicle Holland 1 as part of the INFOMAR programme, a joint venture between the Marine Institute (MI) and Geological Survey of Ireland, jointly funded by the Irish government and the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The goal of INFOMAR is to create "integrated mapping products of the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed in the near-shore area."
This shark nursery was found during a three-week "Searover" (Sensitive Ecosystem Analysis and ROV Exploration of Reef habitat) survey, which took place in July.