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Sharks At
Project reef

A curious Broadnose Seven-Gill Shark made an appearance during one of our Baited Underwater Videos (B.U.V)!
Check out our online learning page to learn more about this awesome interaction!



The team behind Project Reef can often be found out and about in the South Taranaki community delivering a variety of (free) lessons that engage audiences with their local marine environment ... specifically Project Reef!


Online Learning:

September 2020


Shark Specifics

When most people think of these cartilaginous fish, a single image comes to mind: a large beast. That generalization does the 500+ shark species a huge disservice, as they have far more variety than that!

Shark Anatomy

Keen to learn more about how sharks swim through our Oceans?
Work through this awesome STEM lesson slideshow to learn about Shark anatomy & movement. This work was designed and made by Microsoft Education and BBC Learning!

Project reef

We commonly see Carpet Sharks at the Project Reef! Visit our YouTube Channel to see these friendly sharks and other species in action at Project Reef.

Featured Shark Researchers:

September 2020

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Dr Jade Maggs

Dr Jade Maggs (NIWA fisheries data manager), was recently part of a global survey (involving 123 scientists from 58 nations!), analysing the global status of reef sharks!
You can watch Dr Maggs discuss his research and/or read the article 'Global status and conservation potential of reef sharks' via NIWA's Vimeo Channel!


Dr Simon Pierce

Dr Simon Pierce is a marine conservation biologist and wildlife photographer from New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Dr Pierce is a co-founder and Principal Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, where he leads the global whale shark research and conservation program. Discover his research, photography and latest expeditions via his website!

Join us &
record sharks

Seen a shark in Taranaki waters recently? Maybe one hooked your line instead of a fish! 
You can help our research and understanding by taking a picture, email or text us with it & we will record it in I-Naturalist!


Biofluorescent Sharks

Marine biologist and explorer-photographer David Gruber discovered something amazing -- a shark that glows the ocean's dim blue light.

Monthly Shark News

Madison Stewart, aka "Shark Girl," was just 12 years old she was a certified open water diver... check out her awesome videos & projects on Shark conservation!'

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