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The Canarian archipelago is serving as an experimental field for a group of scientists studying the angel shark, or angelfish (Squatina squatina). The species is in danger of extintion and they are now being monitored by a new system using acoustics. Apparentley the waters surrounding the Canary Islands is a safer habitat or them compared to the rest of Europe.
The monitoring consists in placing acoustic marks on the first dorsal fin of the adults in order to follow up and obtain information about each specimen. Through strategically installed receivers in the perimeter of the marine reserve, with a range of up to 500 meters in diameter, receive accurate information on patterns of distribution, habitat use and the population structure of the angelfish in thE area.