RWU Magazine - Fall 2013 / Issue #9 - page 13

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T
his
past
year
, Danielle Bailey ’13 worked at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Narragansett, R.I., office collecting and charting 40
years of migration data of Atlantic sharpnose sharks in waters from the Bay of Fundy to the Yucatán Peninsula. Her efforts yielded second
billing on a collaborative report to evaluate the fishing catch status of the most commonly caught small coastal shark on the Atlantic
seaboard. Here are some fun facts about an obscure but abundant shark that will impress your neighborhood shark enthusiast.
Four for All
at Durfee High
T
hese
days
, lunch in the teacher’s lounge at Durfee High School in Fall River is more like
a mini-reunion for RWU School of Education graduates. Via student-teaching placements
and peer networking, four alumni – Nicole Solow ’10, Sam Podbelski ’11, John Sharrot ’11
and Laura Iannacone ’11 – all landed teaching positions at the third-largest high school in
Southeastern Massachusetts.
The Nose Has It!
Meet the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Find More Online:
48 Inches
4%
Don’t I Nose You?
Size Does Matter
Spot On
On the smaller side, the
sharpnose shark is similar in
size to male river otters.
Approximate span of snout
to total length – no word on
whether this nosy fish has
superior olfactory abilities.
Shark fins fetch some of the highest seafood
prices in the world, especially in Hong Kong –
the bigger the better. But the sharpnose’s
diminutive fins save it from slaughter for
shark fin soup.
Varying in colors from brown to
olive-gray or blue-gray, adults
shed the juvenile black-tipped fin
coloration and sometimes take on
white spots.
Bottom Feeders
The sharpnose skims the sandy bottoms of surf zones,
estuaries and harbors from New Brunswick, Canada, to
the Gulf of Mexico, snacking on shrimp, mollusks and
bony fish.
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Number of live
pups birthed by a
female, increasing
as she matures.
The sharpnose shark’s southern cousin –
creatively called the Caribbean sharpnose
shark – is virtually a carbon copy. Only
DNA testing or counting vertebrae will
distinguish the two.
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