In November 2012, PIP Photographer Andy Murch
undertook an expedition through Chile to photograph the endemic
shark and ray species that are present in this rarely explored
During the expedition, Andy was able to take some of the first
representative images of the redspotted catshark (Schroederychthys
chilensis) as well as a number of other endemic species of
Although Redspotted catsharks are not yet listed as endangered, the IUCN
lists this species as 'Data Deficient' meaning that more study needs
to be done before a scientific evaluation can be reached. The IUCN
cautions that it is taken as bycatch in inshore demersal trawl and longline
fisheries. Consequently populations may be declining. The redspotted
catshark is also a
popular laboratory animal and over-collecting for research purposes may impact
small, localized populations.
The images and video footage that Andy was able to obtain while in
Chile are now available for future conservation initiatives when
they become necessary.
Following is a short video shot during the expedition of redspotted
catsharks in their natural habitat.