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Saving angel sharks

The Canary Islands is home to one of the most endangered sharks, the angel shark. Come on a mission to find out more about the angel shark and the other sharks that inhabit these waters.

The lesson will start with an overview of sharks common to Tenerife and the surrounding waters, before homing in on some important shark facts and figures to understand their importance and current situation. The lesson will end with a focus on the angel shark and how science has contributed to conservation measures and protecting this amazing species.

Broadcast on Wed 13 Dec 2023
  • 45 mins
  • KS2 / Ages 7-11
Learning objectives
  • Understand the diversity of sharks by identifying different species

  • Share facts about sharks, their importance and conservation status

  • Appreciate how science informs effective conservation


This lesson is part of Ocean Census Live 2023. Classes may enjoy the other live lessons being broadcast from Tenerife this year. No specific preparation is needed.

There are two student sheets to support the live learning to print out and share with students.

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Lesson steps

1. Introduction (5 minutes)

We welcome classes to this live lesson for Ocean Census Live 2023, meeting our speaker. This is also a chance to go over the learning objectives for the lesson and cover digital housekeeping.

2. Let’s go shark spotting (10 minutes)

Daniel and Hector introduce us to some of the shark species that you might spot around the Canary Islands. How many can you correctly identify? Sharks have been in our ocean for over 400 million years and Daniel and Hector will explain the important roles that they play.

3. Shark facts and figures (10 minutes)

This section focuses on some startling numbers associated with sharks, their diversity, importance, threats, and conservation status. Daniel and Hector will review the quiz with classes, along with a healthy dose of myth-busting and some surprising facts along the way.

4. Saving angel sharks (10 minutes)

We end the lesson with a focus on angel sharks and by learning about the importance of science in conserving them. This includes how scientists use technologies such as GPS and DNA in their work.

5. Q&A (10 minutes)

This is a chance for students to ask any questions they have about sharks and their conservation, as well as the life of a marine scientist.


SPEAKER Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Expedition Science Manager, Ocean Census

SPEAKER Hector Toledo Padilla

Hector Toledo

Senior Project Office, Angel Shark Project

Ocean Census Founding Partners