Solving this biodiversity mystery could reveal one of the most important sites to conserve these “rhinos of the sea.
“We saw two swimming past our canoe the other day as we came to shore!”
“Yes, we saw one over towards the mangroves not so long ago…”
“There was one in our net near the big river…”
Scientists love having a mystery to solve and gathering clues to find out if something is real or not. Since January 2019 my organization, the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been collecting evidence to confirm whether highly endangered sawfish and their relatives — the wedgefish, guitarfish and giant guitarfish (collectively and affectionately known as “rhino rays”) — live in the coastal waters of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea.