This fake beach is a magnet for tourists—and peaceful endangered sharks

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 20:03 in Earth & Climate

Angelsharks are masters of disguise, so spotting them is a challenge. Photo by Mike Sealey This article was originally featured on Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at Out in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 100 kilometers off the northwest coast of Africa, lies an archipelago known as the Canary Islands, created millions of years ago by intense volcanic activity. The biggest and most populated island, Tenerife, rises from the deep-ocean floor to a series of peaks, one of which is the third-largest volcano in the world. Tenerife’s interior highlands are a moonscape, while its coastline of lava rock and sheer cliffs is pounded by surf. In contrast to most of the island’s stark geology, north of the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, is a...

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