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Chondrichthyes Collection

Chondrichthyes, also known as cartilaginous fishes, are a diverse group of marine creatures that have captured the fascination of scientists and nature enthusiasts alike

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata)

Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata), under ice, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, northern Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: A split level digital composite showing a Basking shark (Ceterhinus maximus

A split level digital composite showing a Basking shark (Ceterhinus maximus) feeding on plankton around St Michaels Mount, Cornwall, UK. June

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: RF - Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) swimming over sand in shallow water at dawn

RF - Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) swimming over sand in shallow water at dawn, Cayman Islands, Caribbean Sea

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Fish Gallery, September 1890

Fish Gallery, September 1890
The Fish Gallery attractions included a 8.5m (28 ft) long basking shark caught near Shanklin, Isle of Wight, and wood from a whaling ship, the Farquharson, pierced by swordfish lances

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Hemiscyllium ocellatum, epaulette shark

Hemiscyllium ocellatum, epaulette shark
Ff. 56. Pencil sketch by Herman Dietrich Sporing made during Captain James Cooks first voyage to explore the southern continent 1768-1771

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) mouth wide open, feeding in shallow water

Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) mouth wide open, feeding in shallow water, surrounded by fish. South Bimini Island, Bahamas

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Starry smooth-hound shark (Mustelus asterias) resting on seabed, Channel Isles, UK

Starry smooth-hound shark (Mustelus asterias) resting on seabed, Channel Isles, UK

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Close up portrait of the face of a Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum

Close up portrait of the face of a Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) resting on the sand in shallow water. Its barbels are clearly visible on its top lip. South Bimini, Bahamas

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago

Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve (Socorro Islands), Pacific Ocean, Western Mexico. Vulnerable species

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Angular roughshark (Oxynotus centrina) a deepsea species living at 80-300m depth

Angular roughshark (Oxynotus centrina) a deepsea species living at 80-300m depth, caught by fishermen and released, Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain, Mediterranean Sea

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena). Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena). Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Pair of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) swim over a coral reef

Pair of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) swim over a coral reef. Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Caribbean Sea

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Roughtail stingray (Dasyatis centura) on sea floor, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Roughtail stingray (Dasyatis centura) on sea floor, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Spotted Wobbegong Shark (Orectolobus maculatus) lying in seaweed. Manly, Sydney, New South Wales

Spotted Wobbegong Shark (Orectolobus maculatus) lying in seaweed. Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Pacific Ocean. November

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: A shiver of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) swim over a coral reef with Common sea

A shiver of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) swim over a coral reef with Common sea fans (Gorgonia ventalina) and sea plumes (Pseudopterogorgia sp)

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) passing by baitball, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal

Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) passing by baitball, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, September 2008 Exclusive Japanese calendar rights for 2014

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Blue Spotted Stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii, also known as Kuhls Stingray

Blue Spotted Stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii, also known as Kuhls Stingray

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Sharks teeth

Sharks teeth
Tooth of an extinct shark (Carcharodon megalodon) on the right, compared with a tooth from a modern Great White shark, (Carcharodon carcharias) on the left

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) filter feeding in atoll passes and lagoons Hanifaru Bay

Reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) filter feeding in atoll passes and lagoons Hanifaru Bay, Raa Atoll, Maldives

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Squalus maximus, Basking shark taken at Brighton 5 Dec 1812

Squalus maximus, Basking shark taken at Brighton 5 Dec 1812
Watercolour and ink

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Illustration of Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), Rhincodontidae; threatened / endangered species

Illustration of Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), Rhincodontidae; threatened / endangered species (Wildlife Art Company)

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) swimming in open ocean, Malapascua Island, Philippines

Pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) swimming in open ocean, Malapascua Island, Philippines, Pacific Ocean

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) swimming, Hawaii, USA

Spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) swimming, Hawaii, USA

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: An endemic epaulette shark swims across the seafloor of Raja Ampat

An endemic epaulette shark swims across the seafloor of Raja Ampat
An endemic epaulette shark swims across the rubble seafloor of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This small shark spends most of its time on the bottom of reef environments

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Wobbegong shark and cardinalfish, Byron Bay, Australia

Wobbegong shark and cardinalfish, Byron Bay, Australia

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: A scalloped hammerhead shark swims near Cocos Island, Costa Rica

A scalloped hammerhead shark swims near Cocos Island, Costa Rica
A scalloped hammerhead shark swims in deep water near Cocos Island, Costa Rica. This remote and beautiful Pacific island is famous for its healthy fish and shark populations

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Tonguestone (sharks tooth) with lateral denticles

Tonguestone (sharks tooth) with lateral denticles
Tooth of the extinct shark (Lamna obliqua Agassiz). Specimen orgininating from the London Clay (Eocene), Sheppey, Kent

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Scyliorhinus canicula, dogfish

Scyliorhinus canicula, dogfish
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the scales of a dogfish (x 40)

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: A most stupendous basking shark caught within one league of

A most stupendous basking shark caught within one league of
Advertising flyer for the public exhibition in London of a basking shark caught in Brighton

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) portrait. Rhode Island, New England, USA. August

Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) portrait. Rhode Island, New England, USA. August

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Tasseled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) yawning. Citrus Ridge, Yanggefo Island

Tasseled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) yawning. Citrus Ridge, Yanggefo Island, Gam Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Salmon shark (Lamna ditropis). Port Fidalgo, Alaska, USA. July

Salmon shark (Lamna ditropis). Port Fidalgo, Alaska, USA. July

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) Kicker Rock, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) Kicker Rock, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Scalloped hammerhead shark shoal (Sphyrna lewini) Wolf Island, Galapagos

Scalloped hammerhead shark shoal (Sphyrna lewini) Wolf Island, Galapagos

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Couple of Blue shark (Prionace glauca) and Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor), Pico Island

Couple of Blue shark (Prionace glauca) and Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor), Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with fishing hook caught in mouth and Pilot fish

Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with fishing hook caught in mouth and Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor), Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Face portrait of a Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) off Bimini, Bahamas

Face portrait of a Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) off Bimini, Bahamas

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) filter feeding on plankton

Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) filter feeding on plankton. Madhivafaru Reef, Raa Atoll, Maldives

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: RF - Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) swims in open waters

RF - Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) swims in open waters, close to the surface with sun beams. Egypt. Red Sea. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Smalltooth sand tiger shark (Odontaspis ferox), view from below. El Hierro. Canary Islands

Smalltooth sand tiger shark (Odontaspis ferox), view from below. El Hierro. Canary Islands

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) shoal filter feeding on plankton concentrated by monsoon

Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) shoal filter feeding on plankton concentrated by monsoon currents in Raa Atoll, Vandhoo Thila, Maldives. October

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Portrait of a large female Reef manta ray (Mobula alfredi) swimming over a coral reef

Portrait of a large female Reef manta ray (Mobula alfredi) swimming over a coral reef. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with a pair of pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) off Halifax

Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with a pair of pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. July

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) being cleaned by a bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) being cleaned by a bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) at Monad Shoal off Malapascua Island, Philippines

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica

Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Munks pygmy devil ray / Munks mobula (Mobula munkiana) large school from the air

Munks pygmy devil ray / Munks mobula (Mobula munkiana) large school from the air, Baja California, Mexico. Large group gathered possibly for mating purposes

Background imageChondrichthyes Collection: Munks pygmy devil ray / Munks mobula (Mobula munkiana) large school from the air

Munks pygmy devil ray / Munks mobula (Mobula munkiana) large school from the air, Baja California, Mexico. Large group gathered possibly for mating purposes



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Chondrichthyes, also known as cartilaginous fishes, are a diverse group of marine creatures that have captured the fascination of scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. From the depths of the ocean to shallow coastal waters, these incredible animals can be found in various habitats around the world. In Greenland's icy waters, a majestic Greenland shark glides through the frigid currents. Adorned with a parasitic copepod clinging to its body, this ancient predator is a true marvel of evolution. At dawn, off the coast of Southern stingray gracefully dances above sandy seabeds. Its sleek body effortlessly cuts through the water as it searches for its next meal. Traveling back in time to September 1890, we find ourselves in a Fish Gallery filled with stunning illustrations capturing the beauty and diversity of chondrichthyes. Among them is an exquisite side view depiction of a small-spotted catshark, showcasing its intricate patterns and unique features. Feeding frenzy ensues as a great hammerhead shark opens its mouth wide while hunting in shallow waters. With razor-sharp teeth exposed and lightning-fast movements, this apex predator strikes fear into its prey's hearts. In Santa Maria Island's crystal-clear waters off Azores Portugal, an awe-inspiring sight unfolds before our eyes. A massive whale shark gracefully passes by a baitball - an aggregation of small fish - creating an extraordinary spectacle that leaves us breathless. Seeking refuge among seaweed beds near Manly Beach in Sydney lies a camouflaged spotted wobbegong shark. Its intricate patterns blend seamlessly with its surroundings – nature's perfect disguise for ambushing unsuspecting prey. Venturing further into San Benedicto Island within Revillagigedo Archipelago awaits another mesmerizing encounter - giant manta rays majestically glide through azure blue waters. Their enormous wingspan commands respect as they navigate their way through their underwater realm.