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Pondicherry Shark

SCIENTIFIC NAME: CARCHARHINUS HEMIODON
LAST SEEN: 1979 IN INDIA
YEARS LOST: 39
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

 

The Pondicherry Shark, a small and stocky gray shark, occurs in remote regions where no one has gone looking for it. This species does not grow any longer than about one meter, or three feet, long. The shark was once found throughout IndoPacific coastal waters, from India and possibly extending to the Gulf of Oman into Southeast Asia, and is known to enter fresh water. It may also be found in rivers such as the Hooghli River and Saigon River.

UPDATE (7.31.19): Discovery Channel’s Shark Week special, ‘Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark,’ featured an exciting development in the search for the Pondicherry Shark. The episode captured the adventure of wildlife biologist and Extinct or Alive host Forrest Galante in his team’s search for the lost shark, ending in a potentially promising finding in a remote seasonal fishing village in Sri Lanka. Although some regional experts seem confident that the shark Galante found is the Pondicherry shark, identifying this species is especially challenging. Additional molecular analysis could help confirm the rediscovery.

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