Rescuing Whitefin Sharks: The 'Petits Taurons - Acció Stellaris' Project
Updated: Oct 29
Thanks to the "Petits Taurons - Acció Stellaris" project, Palma Aquarium released 16 whitefin sharks into the Mediterranean Sea, addressing the critical situation of white sharks, categorized as "Endangered" in the Red Book of Fish of the Balearic Islands.
On October 4, 16 whitefin sharks were introduced into the waters of El Toro, Mallorca, marking the second stage of this conservation effort. In September 2021, the first eleven baby sharks were born, resulting in approximately 208 calves across three breeding centers, with 160 eggs at different incubation stages carefully monitored.
This project is possible through the alliance of eight entities dedicated to protecting this species, including the Palma Aquarium Foundation, Save the Med, Shark Med, Mallorca Preservation Fund, Small Mediterranean Islands Initiative, Marilles Foundation, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Environment, and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Environment National Maritime-Terrestrial Park of the Cabrera Archipelago.
The Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park plans to introduce another 50 specimens in the near future, strengthening the commitment of the "Petits Taurons - Acció Stellaris" project.