On a recent expedition to Little Cayman, Cayman Islands, Guy and Jessica Harvey along with a team of volunteers launched a new investigation on the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Silky sharks are the second most caught shark globally, following the blue shark, and is significantly understudied. With the current pressure that these animals are under from commercial longliners and the shark fin trade, scientists at GHRI are looking to document their movements to better understand their behavior in order to save them from further exploitation. Luckily, Caribbean countries including the Cayman Islands have designated their entire waters as shark sanctuaries making it a great place to start to discover where else this pelagic species travels.
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