Get a fish’s eye view of Shark Week

Discovery Channel’s  Shark Week is an immensely popular block of programming that focuses on our toothy buddies, the elasmobranchs.  This year Georgia Aquarium will play a central role in the theming for Shark Week, and that’s already started in the form of a new UStream feed of a special camera that’s been added to the Ocean Voyager exhibit to give people a fish’s eye view of the tank’s inhabitants.  I could watch these things for hours, but to make it a bit more scientific, my challenge to you, readers, is to add in the comments below the names of every species you can identify in the tank.  Bonus points for scientific binomials.  I’ll give you a hint: there are 63 species.


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Dr. Alistair Dove is a systematic and ecological parasitologist by training, with broader research interests in the natural history and health of marine animals, especially whale sharks. He is currently Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. His comments here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Aquarium





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6 comments on “Get a fish’s eye view of Shark Week
  1. …I’ve got five minutes to kill, I’ll get the list started:

    Acanthurus coeruleus (Blue tang surgeon)
    Stegastoma fasciatum (zebra shark)
    Yellowtail snapper (can’t remember binomial off top of my head and too lazy to look it up)
    Epinephalus sp. (grouper, wasn’t close enough for species)
    Chelinius undulatus (Humphead/Maori wrasse)
    Charcharias (=Odontaspis) taurus (sand tiger shark)
    Trachinotus carolinus (pompano)
    Anisotremus virginicus (porkfish)
    Carcharhinus sp. (brown shark- C. plumbeus? was at a distance)
    Carcharhinus melanopterus (pacific blacktip shark)
    Rhinoptera bonasus (cownose ray)
    Caranx hippos (crevalle jack)
    Pomacanthus sp. (is that an Asfur angel, P. asfur?)
    Manta birostris (manta ray…holy crap you have mantas in that tank!)
    Rainbow runner (can’t remember binomial…still to lazy to google it)
    Lutjanus sp. (some kind of snapper, wasn’t close enough)

    • Great start! Yes on all of those except the mantas aren’t M. birostris and we have two species (that’s a tough one). The angel is a Passer angel, Holacanthus passer. Look closely for several other jack species in addition to crevalles. I think the way the camera is situated it might be hard to catch a glimpse of some bottom dwellers, but keep it up, there are at least 20 elasmobranch species to see.

  2. Rhincodon typus!
    I shouted “Omigod Whale Shark!” at my screen, despite having watched them there in person for about 4 hours about two weeks ago :-)

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