My shelves are lined with identification guides and keys to the various critters that live in our ocean realm. I like to collect identification guides because collectively they handily serve as an encyclopedia of ocean biodiversity. I’m excited to add the newly published Field Guide to Sharks, Skates, and Ratfish of Alaska to my collection.
You might be surprised to find that we do have many species of chondrichthyans (that’s sharks and rays to those non-fish nerds) in Alaska that play an important role in the Alaskan marine ecosystem.
As an added bonus, the very cool cover of the field guide was designed by Ray Troll, the favorite artist of fishy-folks everywhere. You can order the guidebook or a t-shirt from the Alaska Seagrant program via the above link.
[Image of salmon shark via seagrant.uaf.edu]
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