The Physioshark Project

In collaboration with the RummerLab and the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement (CRIOBE), the Physioshark Project was conceived in 2013. We work on the Island of Moorea in French Polynesia where we have identified 11 potential shark nurseries. Here, mother sharks give birth to blacktip reef and sicklefin lemon sharks during the months of October - February every year. During these months, we perform surveys and studies in the field and experiments in the laboratories at CRIOBE, largely conservation physiology based. Our overall aim with Physioshark is to understand how newborn sharks are currently coping and how they will, in the future, cope with climate change and other human-induced stressors. French Polynesia is the largest shark sanctuary in the world, as of 2019, and the island of Moorea is really the perfect site to do conservation-minded research. Physioshark Instagram - Physioshark Facebook