Lecture to provide insight on endangered sharks and rays

Stanley Meltzoff’s Swordfish 4, Broadbill, Mako and Sea Arrows, an oil on board, is part of the exhibit. The image is courtesy of John Abplanalp.

Stanley Meltzoff’s Swordfish 4, Broadbill, Mako and Sea Arrows, an oil on board, is part of the exhibit. The image is courtesy of John Abplanalp.

Sink your teeth into a Sharks and Rays of the North Atlantic: Jaws or National Treasure? lecture at the Bruce Museum this weekend, presented by Simon R. Thorrold, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The largest sharks and rays roaming our oceans are among the most spectacular — and endangered — species on earth. Despite their size and threatened status, humans know remarkably little about them and this lack of knowledge directly impacts the ability to implement effective conservation efforts, and more generally, efforts to understand the structure and functioning of ocean ecosystems.

Using data from satellite-based electronic tagging efforts, Dr. Thorrold will provide new glimpses into the lives of the Atlantic Ocean’s largest sharks and rays and highlight some of the remarkable movements they are undertaking.

The lecture takes place Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. It is the second in a two-part series being held to complement the exhibition The Lure of the Ocean: The Art of Stanley Meltzoff and is free with museum admission.

For reservations, call 203-869-0376 or e-mail the lecture date, your name and number of guests to [email protected]

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