Thailand breeds and releases endangered bamboo sharks

LOCATION: RAYONG PROVINCE, THAILAND

Scores of young bamboo sharks have been released into the wild

Thai researchers are trying to save the endangered species

The sharks are popular with fish collectors and exotic food diners

They are also one of the smallest marine predators

NAME: UDOM KRUENIAM, RESEARCH OFFICIAL, THAILAND'S DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES

"We dive down to the ocean floor to release the sharks in a safe area. This is done so that they have a better chance of survival. If we release them on the surface, there are more chances that they'll be eaten by bigger fishes or they'll swim away from sheltered (areas).

Shark eggs are hatched in an aquarium

where they will be safe from other predators

Researchers use scissors to help release the baby shark

They have helped hatch, nurse and deliver

more than 200 bamboo sharks to the Gulf of Thailand

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