Doha, Qatar: In a remarkable natural spectacle, Qatar's waters have recently played host to over 50 sharks from diverse species, marking the largest recorded gathering of these magnificent creatures in the country.
Among the notable attendees were three shark species that are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. This extraordinary discovery was made by a dedicated research team from the Protection and Natural Reserves Sector at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Their exploration of the northern marine areas of Qatar unveiled this exceptional congregation.
The Ministry attributed this diverse shark assembly to their tireless efforts in preserving biodiversity and safeguarding endangered species. Through the development of relevant laws and legislation, the Ministry has actively contributed to this vital conservation initiative.
The Regional Whale Shark Conservation Centre (RWSCC), a prominent environmental conservation organization, shared insights into this awe-inspiring encounter. Their research team embarked on a mission on September 4, 2023, leading to the discovery of this remarkable gathering. The shark species observed included Common Blacktip Sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus), Graceful Sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides), and Spinner Sharks (Carcharhinus brevipinna). These species are categorized as vulnerable in the Arabian Gulf region by the IUCN, emphasizing the importance of their protection in Qatar.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change explained that the presence of these shark species is a natural occurrence, driven by the abundance of food sources such as sardines, particularly during this time of the year.
To reassure sea enthusiasts, the Ministry emphasized that these types of sharks are known for their peaceful nature and do not pose any threat, contrary to common misconceptions about their potential danger.