Shark Dissection 2001

WARNING: This footage is a CLOSE-UP look at the dissection of sharks. It is very graphic.

WHAT: As part of Shark Discovery Days, the Birch Aquarium hosted a shark dissection program, broadcast live on the Birch Aquarium Web site. Dr. Graham dissected four large pelagic sharks: a Mako shark, Blue shark, 10-foot Thresher shark, and a 330-pound Salmon shark! He also narrated while examining the internal organs, including the stomach, the contents of which provided evidence of the predator’s last meal. He also discussed the natural history of sharks and answered questions from the live audience as well as from the on-line viewers.

WHY: The public had the rare opportunity to see these predators up close. Viewers will learned about shark biology and why the conservation of shark populations is important.


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Jeffrey B. Graham
Physiologist Marine Biology Research Division Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine

Jeffrey B. Graham is a marine biologist and physiologist at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dr. Graham's research focuses on the evolution, comparative physiology and biology of fish, and he has special interests in fish locomotion, physiology, and respiratory adaptations.

Born on Nov. 26, 1941, in Portsmouth, VA, he received a B.A. in zoology in 1964, and an M.S. in biology in 1967, both from San Diego State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in 1970.

Dr. Graham served on the scientific staff of the Smithsonian Institution and was a professor of zoology at San Diego State University prior to joining Scripps Institution. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, and the American Physiological Society, and has published more than 120 scientific papers.

Dr. Graham and his wife, Rosemarie, reside in San Diego.