NATURE lifts part of the veil of mystery shrouding some fascinating — and often fearsome — creatures in The Secret World of Sharks and Rays.
Sharks and their biological cousins, the rays, are among the highest-profile denizens of the deep, thanks to the popularity of books and films that have cast them in leading roles — as antagonist, not protagonist.
But despite such worldwide media glare, sharks and rays are among the least-understood creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans. It’s a paradox: a high public profile overshadowing a relatively low level of knowledge about these primordial fish, whose existence pre-dates the emergence of humans by some 400 million years.
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Online content for The Secret World of Sharks and Rays was originally posted March 2003.
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MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
WRIGLEY INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
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JAY FRELAND, ONE-EYED JACKS
GARY ADKISSON, LEVI COPPER, FIVE-O
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BONNIE CARINI, OCEAN DRIFTERS
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DR. DONALD NELSON
PAUL AND GRACIE ATKINS
SHANE ANDERSON, UCSB BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
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