64 episodes

Welcome to World of Sharks, a podcast all about sharks, rays and their underwater habitat brought to you by the Save our Seas Foundation. Forget Jaws – there is SO much more to sharks than their fearsome reputation. Join scientist and shark nerd Dr Isla Hodgson as she chats with leading experts in shark science, conservation and storytelling to take a deep dive into the fascinating world of one of the most diverse, well-adapted, enigmatic, misunderstood and threatened groups of animals on the planet.

World of Sharks Save Our Seas Foundation

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    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to World of Sharks, a podcast all about sharks, rays and their underwater habitat brought to you by the Save our Seas Foundation. Forget Jaws – there is SO much more to sharks than their fearsome reputation. Join scientist and shark nerd Dr Isla Hodgson as she chats with leading experts in shark science, conservation and storytelling to take a deep dive into the fascinating world of one of the most diverse, well-adapted, enigmatic, misunderstood and threatened groups of animals on the planet.

    Angel Sharks: Masters of Stealth and Critically Endangered

    Angel Sharks: Masters of Stealth and Critically Endangered

    This week we are diving into the world of angel sharks, the second most threatened group of elasmobranchs in the world. Joining us is co-founder and co-lead of the Angel Shark Project, Eva Meyers, and project coordinator for the Angel Shark Project: Wales, Jake Davies. In this episode we learn all about angel sharks, their super-powered ability to “disappear” and ambush prey, and the work of the Angel Shark Project which aims to protect these unusual sharks throughout their range.
    Shownotes: www.saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/podcast
    You can find out more about the projects mentioned here: www.angelsharkproject.com, here www.angelsharknetwork.com, here https://angelsharknetwork.com/wales/ and here https://www.projectsiarc.com/.
    You can also follow @angelsharkproject and @ProjectSIARC on instagram
    You can follow Eva on X (@angelshark2014) and Bluesky (@evameyers.bsky.social) and Jake on instagram (@JDScuba). 
    If you want to know more about us, you can follow us on instagram (@saveourseasfoundation), X (@SaveOurSeas) and TikTok (@saveourseasfoundation). 
     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Around the ocean in 80 sharks with Dr Helen Scales

    Around the ocean in 80 sharks with Dr Helen Scales

    Sharks with beards. Deep sea sharks with glow-in-the-dark bellies. Sharks that take on submarines. Sharks that walk instead of swim and rays with a hedge trimmer for a nose…this episode has it all! We explore the fantastic diversity of sharks and their relatives (and of all marine life!) with marine biologist, scientific writer and broadcaster Dr Helen Scales, ahead of the release of her new book, What the Wild Sea Can Be. Join us as we travel from the ocean depths to the shallowest rockpools, meeting a colourful bunch of characters along the way.
    Timestamps:
    05.01 - Helen's career journey from scientist to writer
    16.33 - Pom-pom crabs, cleaner wrasse
    22.14 - Sharks! Lanternsharks, greenland sharks, walking sharks, shysharks
    27.10 - Sharks in history and culture
    32.30 - The deep sea!
    47.04 - Deep sea sharks
    51.00 - What the Wild Sea Can Be and the future of our ocean
    Shownotes: www.saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/podcast
    Helen’s Instagram: @drhelenscales
    Helen’s twitter: @helenscales
    Website:  https://helenscales.com/
    Helen’s latest book: https://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/what-the-wild-sea-can-be/
    Save Our Seas Foundation is on instagram (@saveourseasfoundation) and x/twitter (@SaveOurSeas).

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Exploring Galápagos, the sharkiest place on Earth with Pelayo Salinas de León

    Exploring Galápagos, the sharkiest place on Earth with Pelayo Salinas de León

    Come with us on a voyage to one of the most remote, biodiverse and "sharkiest" places on the planet with leading expert Pelayo Salinas, co-principal investigator of shark ecology and conservation at the Charles Darwin Foundation and Save Our Seas Foundation project leader. In this episode we go on a dive to observe scalloped hammerheads visiting their after-work spa, get booped by the bouncer of the reef, Galapagos sharks, and swim alongside the world's largest fish. And, if that wasn't enough, we head off on an expedition into the deep to visit a very unusual egg-laying site on a hydrothermal vent... 
    You can follow Pelayo on instagram and twitter (@pelayosalinas) and find out more about the Charles Darwin Foundation here: https://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/   
    Shownotes: www.saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/podcast 
    Follow SOSF: @saveourseasfoundation (instagram), @SaveOurSeas (x/twitter)

    • 58 min
    Thresher Sharks: The Biomechanics of Tail-Whipping with Jamie Knaub

    Thresher Sharks: The Biomechanics of Tail-Whipping with Jamie Knaub

    Thresher sharks are known for their unusual hunting strategy. They use their long tail like a whip, striking it so fast that it creates a shockwave capable of stunning multiple fish at once! But how does their anatomy support such an extreme movement? In today’s episode we find out! We talk with Jamie Knaub, who researches the biomechanics and vertebral anatomy in large, swimming animals - including whales and sharks. In this episode we explore Jamie's research, including her most recent work studying the vertebrae of the thresher shark to understand how they are able to carry out that iconic tail whip. This episode has it all: the Olympians of the shark world, surprise humpbacks, sharks with anxiety, digital dissections and of course some deliciously nerdy science.
    You can follow Jamie on X/twitter (@CornOnTheKnaub) or LinkedIn (Jamie Knaub). And you can find out more about the Fab Lab, run by Dr Marianne Porter, here: https://mepbiomechanics.com/
     
    You can find us on social media on X/twitter (@SaveOurSeas) or instagram (@saveourseasfoundation)
    Episode shownotes: www.saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/podcast
     
     

    • 55 min
    Protecting sharks and coastal livelihoods with Dr Hollie Booth

    Protecting sharks and coastal livelihoods with Dr Hollie Booth

    Conservation is often more about understanding people than studying the animals we are trying to protect. In this episode we learn from Dr Hollie Booth, research fellow at the University of Oxford, who has worked extensively with small-scale fisheries in Indonesia, the world’s largest shark fishing nation. Hollie’s work aims to disentangle the drivers of shark fishing in order to find solutions that have positive outcomes for both sharks and coastal communities. Here, we discuss the complexities of fisheries and the many reasons why someone might catch and trade sharks. And, we talk about the importance of finding conservation strategies that are socially just as well as ecologically effective.
    You can follow Hollie and her work: 
    @the_hollietype (instagram)
    @kebersamaan_untuk_lautan (instagram)
    @hollieboothie (twitter)
    https://saveourseas.com/project/solutions-for-shark-fisheries-in-a-surfers-paradise/
    https://mcem.web.ox.ac.uk/incentive-based-marine-conservation
     
    Shownotes: 
    www.saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/podcast
     

    • 49 min
    Could climate change affect baby sharks? With Noémie Coulon

    Could climate change affect baby sharks? With Noémie Coulon

    The ocean is warming at a rapid pace. This year (2024) began with the highest global Sea Surface Temperature (SST) on record, and scientists are already warning of mass coral bleaching events and other worrying consequences for marine life. But how could rising temperatures impact sharks, particularly in the early stages of life when they are most vulnerable? PhD student and “mother-of-sharks” Noémie Coulon is trying to understand the effects of ocean warming and acidification on baby sharks, using an egg-laying species – the small-spotted catshark – as an example. In this episode, we follow her work as she raises catsharks in the lab, testing the effects of different environmental conditions at key stages in their development.   
    Follow along with Noémie's work on twitter (@noemie_coulon) and instagram (@noemie.coulon.9). 
    Shownotes: www.saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/podcast

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

SHARK $@vEr ,

Amazing show!

Hi, my name is Dillon & I am 12 years old. I have started my own Save Our Sharks club at my school. We started with growing tad pole shrimp to keep people interested. Now that we’re done with that, I don’t know what to do next. Can you help me?

fugyij ,

Such a fascinating show!

Hello, great work with the show. You address such interesting topics and bring on excellent guests. I listen to this while I do office work. I am doing my PhD on stingrays so it is such a good motivator for me! Great job hosting, Isla, and a big thanks to the Save Our Seas Foundation for funding this podcast and Beyond Jaws

Andres LC ,

We are going to need a bigger boat 😜

Perfect podcast if you just want to know how and why sharks are so amazing and understanding the scientific exploration of these fossil creatures . Great host with great energy !

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