Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaera's
from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based
to help divers find the best places to encounter the different
species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has
slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on
all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
There are now
more than 10,000 shark pictures and sections on shark
evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of
reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a
monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are
numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is
now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and
pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be
Rhomboid disc with rounded pectoral tips and straight leading edges. Thorns
scattered on midline of back and prominent thorns along midline and sides of
tail. Tail approx twice body length with deep ventral finfold. Dorsum grey/brown
to olive brown. Ventrum pale.
disc width 210cm. Usually 100 to 130cm. At birth 35cm.
and mud bottoms from intertidal to 270m. Inhabits coastal areas, estuaries, and
Abundance and distribution:
Eastern Atlantic - Bay of Biscay to Angola and Madeira and Canary Islands. Also
entire Mediterranean. Western Atlantic - Georges Bank to Florida, Gulf of
Mexico, and Uruguay to Southern Brazil. Subtropical; 45°N - 35°S, 90°W -
Preys on teleost and cartilaginous fishes, crustaceans, and cephalopods.