The Catalonia-based Foundation for the Conservation and Recovery of Marine Animals (CRAM), said in a recent report that shark numbers are on the increase off the coast of north eastern Spain. Up to 20 sharks and ray were recorded last year, as opposed to only two in both 2006 and 2005, and five in 2004. Species spotted include two sandbar sharks, a hammerhead, the bluntnose sixgill shark, otherwise known as the cow shark, and the massive but harmless basking shark Several species of ray were either seen close to the shore, caught up in nets or washed up on beaches, including four giant ray – a species which, along with the hammerhead and the sandbar, are rarely seen in the area. The CRAM report said surface water temperatures have remained more or less unchanged in the past five years, adding that there is insufficient data to establish any relationship between the sightings and “certain changes in weather patterns”.


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