Glow in the dark shark!

In my tenth shark piece for the Guardian I report on a recently discovered deep sea shark that glows in the dark… Light emitted by a new species of lanternshark, Etmopterus lailae, is camouflage and helps them to hunt, communicate and find partners. But how does it work?

A Basking Shark feeding on plankton. Photo Credit Richard Aspinall

In Search of a Plankton Feeder

The Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) can reach lengths of up to 12m and is the largest shark in British waters and the second largest in the world after the Whale Shark. Both are plankton feeders, and it is the plankton rich water (primarily along the West Coast) during the spring and summer months which results […]


What does Hannibal Lecter, Ernest Hemmingway and I have in common? A taste for fava beans and a nice Chianti? (Chianti – yes), renowned literary skill? (pah! If only!). The answer is in fact the islands of Bimini, Bahamas situated 50 miles off the coast of Florida, North & South Bimini are the smallest habitable […]

The Ultimate Shark Conservation Experience!

The Ultimate Shark Conservation Experience! -Sign up for the trip of a lifetime with Saltwater Life & Basking Shark Scotland Summer 2014. – Learn about Shark Biology, Physiology, Ecology & Conservation – Observe and swim in the wild with the gentle giants of the shark world – Basking Sharks More than one in every six […]