This sculpture of a whitetip shark is 2,65 meters long and contains approximately 1.400 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

The oceanic whitetip, Carcharhinius longimanus, is a large, pelagic predatory shark; it can be distinguished by the unique color pattern of mottled white tips on its front dorsal, caudal, and pectoral fins (hence the name whitetip).

 

It is distributed in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, and it was described historically as one of the most abundant species in tropical seas. Currently, there is no global population size estimate available for this species.

 

Overexploitation due to incidental bycatch in commercial fisheries is the single most important threat to the oceanic whitetip shark, due to its tendency to remain in surface waters in areas where fishing pressure is often most concentrated for commercially target species.

 

The oceanic whitetip shark is also a preferred species for opportunistic retention because its large fins obtain a high price per kg in the Asian fin market.

 

The species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

 

To allow recovery, it is recommended that all oceanic whitetip shark retention and landings be prohibited. Initiatives to prevent capture, minimize bycatch mortality, promote safe release, and improve catch reporting are also urgently needed.

 

References:

Dent, F. and Clarke, S. 2015. State of the global market for shark products. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 590. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy. 187 pp.

Rigby, C.L., Barreto, R. et al. 2019. Carcharhinus longimanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T39374A2911619.

Young, C. N., & Carlson, J. K. (2020). The biology and conservation status of the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) and future directions for recovery. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 30(2), 293-312.

 

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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