|Borneo’s Waters Reveal Shark Not Seen for a Century
27 March Tuesday, 11:20 AM
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) researchers have discovered and rediscovered a number of species in the waters around the third biggest island in the world.
The Dutch scientist Dr Pieter Bleeker first recorded the Carcharhinus borneensis, or Borneo Shark, in 1859. Since then it has not been sighted in the waters off the east coast district of Sandakan, until a recent survey of fishery resources revealed a brown-topped, white-bellied specimen, the markings of the Borneo Shark.
Believed to be a rare viviparous species (gives birth to living offspring), the new find has prompted excitement and concern amongst the UMS researchers and country as a whole. Many believe that sharks are being over-harvested, predominantly due to the practice of finning, and fear that all species will soon be extinct if a reduction in fishing is not implemented.
On a happier note, the UMS researchers also discovered an entirely new species of crab and ray fish. The crab species was discovered in a swamp in Likas only 2km from the city centre.
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