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Sharks have inhabited the oceans for hundreds of millions of year, and were swimming in the sea while dinosaurs walked on land. They are one of the most important organisms in ocean ecosystems because many types of sharks are at the top of the food chain and thus are keystone species, which means the ecosystem relies on the shark for balance. If sharks ceased to exist, then fish and marine mammals would overpopulate and inadvertently destroy their habitat through overconsumption. You can read more about shark as keystone species here.

According to some sources, there are as many as 400 species of sharks throughout the world’s oceans. Most are grey, brown or blue in color.

Although sharks are often characterized as ferocious man-eating animals, there are very few shark attacks on humans each year. In fact, humans kill millions of sharks each year, both on purpose and as by-catch from fishing operations.

One of the most commonly sighted shark species at The Frying Pan Tower is the Sand Tiger Shark, also known as the Grey Nurse Shark.

Sand Tiger Sharks have sharp, jagged teeth that appear even when their mouths are closed, giving them a fierce appearance. Despite this, there have been no recorded human deaths from Sand Tiger Sharks, and they prefer to feed on small fish, crabs and squid.

Sand Tiger Sharks are found throughout temperate waters and often swim along sandy bottoms close to shore.

As you can see from our live Shark Cam, Sand Tiger Sharks are quite large and grow up to 10 feet in length and can weigh up to 325 pounds. In the wild, they live up to 15 years.

  • topic: coral reefs

  • location: cape lookout shoals

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You are watching the live Shark Cam from beneath Frying Pan Tower, an offshore light tower built in the early 1960s to provide warning to ships that they were nearing shallow shoals with depths of only 35 to 50 feet. This danger to ships earned the shoals (which stretch from Frying Pan Shoals North to the Outer Banks) the name the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” The underwater ecosystem is no longer protected by the tower’s lights thanks to GPS navigation technology, but it is protected for its important habitat for fish, sharks, and other marine wildlife that frequent the region.

This deep-sea underwater camera often spots sharks, fish and rays. The live video feed provides a glimpse into a different habitat. With less light and more substrate to provide living spaces, prey species can hide from predators like sharks down here. This is not always an option for open ocean dwellers, so fish take advantage of these features when passing through the shoals.

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location: 35 miles offshore from Cape Fear, NC

best hours: 6:15am - 8:00pm

time zone: Eastern Standard Time

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Sharks have inhabited the oceans for hundreds of millions of year, and were swimming in the sea while dinosaurs walked on land. They are one of the most important organisms in ocean ecosystems because many types of sharks are at the top of the food chain and thus are keystone species, which means the ecosystem relies on the shark for balance. If sharks ceased to exist, then fish and marine mammals would overpopulate and inadvertently destroy their habitat through overconsumption. You can read more about shark as keystone species here.

According to some sources, there are as many as 400 species of sharks throughout the world’s oceans. Most are grey, brown or blue in color.

Although sharks are often characterized as ferocious man-eating animals, there are very few shark attacks on humans each year. In fact, humans kill millions of sharks each year, both on purpose and as by-catch from fishing operations.

One of the most commonly sighted shark species at The Frying Pan Tower is the Sand Tiger Shark, also known as the Grey Nurse Shark.

Sand Tiger Sharks have sharp, jagged teeth that appear even when their mouths are closed, giving them a fierce appearance. Despite this, there have been no recorded human deaths from Sand Tiger Sharks, and they prefer to feed on small fish, crabs and squid.

Sand Tiger Sharks are found throughout temperate waters and often swim along sandy bottoms close to shore.

As you can see from our live Shark Cam, Sand Tiger Sharks are quite large and grow up to 10 feet in length and can weigh up to 325 pounds. In the wild, they live up to 15 years.

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