Please report your angel shark sighting to the Angel Shark Sightings Map. This information will be shared with Partners and Collaborators to better understand and conserve angel sharks. Thank you for your help!
To report your angel shark sighting:
The angel shark family is the third most threatened of all the world’s sharks and rays. Three species of angel shark used to be widespread across the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea (our current focus), but have dramatically declined over the last 100 years:
There is hope! The Canary Islands have been identified as a unique stronghold for on species, the Angelshark, and angel shark “hotspots” have been found in other parts of their range. Help us to better understand and conserve these species by reporting your angel shark sighting to the map.
Find out more about angel shark research and conservation at www.angelsharknetwork.com
Count The Angels is an annual event created to promote the conservation of the Angelshark in the Canary Islands. The Count the Angels data, alongside regular sightings submitted to the map and visual ID tagging data, help us to understand the ecology and abundance of this iconic species.
Count The Angels is completed over three days, to coordinate divers across the Canary Islands to dive at the same time to search for Angelsharks.
In 2023 we are completing Count the Angels on 6, 7, & 8 December
The following organisations are Partners or Collaborators of the Angel Shark Sightings Map and will receive your sightings data. The data will be used by each organisation to better understand and conserve Angel Sharks in their area of interest.
Please email us if you would like to become a Partner or Collaborator.
The Angel Shark Sightings Map was developed by Octophin Digital for the Zoological Society of London as part of the Angel Shark Project. It was funded by Disney Conservation Fund, Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Save Our Seas Foundation, Shark Conservation Fund and The Biodiversity Consultancy.
Bathymetry data is provided via: EMODnet Bathymetry Consortium (2018). EMODnet Digital Bathymetry (DTM 2018). EMODnet Bathymetry Consortium. https://doi.org/10.12770/18ff0d48-b203-4a65-94a9-5fd8b0ec35f6