As the world prepares for the implementation of the shark listings on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, I continued my work on implementing domestic measures in island countries to protect sharks.
My second day in Trinidad was more packed than the first. Marc took a coworker and me all around the island to see sharks in the market, eat local food, and celebrate a birthday with some new special friends.
Our first stop was the public market where we found a big pile of "puppy sharks." The locals use this phrase to describe any small shark. Usually they end up in bake and shark.
Somebody on Twitter identified these as dusky smoothhound, smalleye smoothhound, and some kind of sharpnose species.
Down the street from the market was a small stand selling more puppy sharks and several scalloped hammerheads. It was really sad to see these sharks on the eve of their CITES protections going into effect, even if these would have not been covered by CITES because they are for domestic consumption (the fishmonger told us the fins were too small to sell).
Later in the day we drove across the island to Grande Riviere to celebrate the birthdays of some very friendly leatherback turtles. Good luck, little guys!