14 Jun '18, 12am

#ClimateChange is a giant question mark for the future of sharks:

If you had to gamble on a creature that could survive a climate apocalypse, you might not pick the epaulette shark. This yard-long species only lives in shallow coral reefs across Southeast Asia and Australia — the same reefs that climate change is knocking down like dominos . No reefs, no reef-dwelling sharks. But the epaulette shark has a survival trick or two up its spotted sleeves. It can go an hour-and-a-half without oxygen, and it can tolerate water hot enough to kill other fish. That’s because this little shark spends its days army-crawling from tide pool to tide pool in exposed parts of coral reefs, where conditions can be extreme. These hot, low-oxygen conditions mimic what scientists forecast for future oceans. “There’s a bit of a good news story there,” said Rachel Skubel, a shark researcher at the University of Miami. “Epaulette sharks may actually have some re...

Full article: https://oceana.org/blog/climate-change-giant-question-mar...

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