Sharks and Rays is primarily a digital field guide for identifying sharks, skates, rays, and a few chimaera’s from around the world.
SharksAndRays.com was loaded onto the web in 2020, as a much needed update to its predecessor Elasmodiver.com; the term ‘elasmobranch’ means sharks and rays.
The original website still exists but is no longer updated and many of the species pages now redirect to sharksandrays.com. Both websites were created by Andy Murch; a fanatical shark photographer and expedition leader at Big Fish Expeditions.
Elasmodiver began as a simple web-based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water. Over the years, it evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
In its current form, sharksandrays.com contains more than 200 species profiles and 2000+ high resolution shark and ray images. Plus, sections on shark evolution, shark biology, and shark conservation. There is a large library of reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, shark trip reports, and a shark forum where divers are invited to talk about sharks and shark photography and share intel on sharky locations.