Meet the shark and ray species found around the Caribbean island of Barbados.
These elasmobranchs are crucial to the health of reef ecosystems, being top predators they maintain a balance to their food webs.
Sharks and rays are an incredible sight to see while diving or snorkeling, but these marine animals need abundant sources of food to stick around. Overfishing of Barbados’ coastal environments has driven these animals further and further offshore in search of food.
Unfortunately, around the world sharks and rays have more to fear from humans than we have to fear from them. You can help protect sharks and rays in the Caribbean by supporting sustainable seafood, and by supporting laws put in place to protect these incredible ocean predators.
Special Thanks: Nikola Simpson/Slow Food Barbados
Photo: Jakob Owens on Unsplash