SciCafe: A Shark's Lunch

Part of SciCafe

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Great white shark swims through a school of fish. Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) swims through a school of fish at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico.
Courtesy of T. Goss/Wikimedia Commons
Sharks have long captivated the human imagination as Earth’s ultimate predator.

Being eaten by a shark may be at the top of the collective nightmare list—despite the fact that you’re more likely to win the lottery than become a meal for a shark.  

But what happens to a shark meal? California State University Dominguez Hills biologist Samantha Leigh’s research investigates anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to answer questions about digestive performance in marine organisms, including sharks—with some surprising insights. In this SciCafe, Leigh explores sharks’ digestive system, taking us on a journey into the bowels of this fascinating ocean inhabitant.

Explore more about this ancient group of fishes in the new special exhibition SharksMember Preview Days are December 10–12 and Sharks opens to the public on December 15.

How to Watch

Please RSVP for this free program, and the link to view will be included in your confirmation email. 

This program will be presented on Zoom. Please install Zoom in advance to ensure you don’t miss any of the program. You can download Zoom by clicking here or by downloading for your mobile device or tablet from the App Store or Google Play.


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