Want to encounter sharks through the comfort of your own screen? Dive into the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ video collection of various shark species from across the country and learn about sharks in the sanctuary system, shark research, and more.

Great white shark swimming in bright blue water.

Sharks in Your National Marine Sanctuaries

Sharks: scary? We think not! Check out our video to learn more about the crucial role sharks play in marine sanctuary ecosystems.

Bluntnose sixgill shark swimming from left to right in darkness.

Bluntnose Sixgill Shark

Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus got a treat when they spotted this bluntnose sixgill shark in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Whitetip reef shark swimming from left to right in darkness along the bottom floor.

Whitetip Reef Shark

Whitetip reef sharks are frequently spotted in the coral reefs of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. These beautiful sharks are central members of the coral reef community and are also an important part of Native Hawaiian culture.

From left to right: Male researcher with light gray long sleeve, black watch on left wrist, black sunglasses, light hair, and an orange life jacket standing facing the right with his arms crossed. Blue water with a large shark’s head emerging from the surface and brown rocks in the distance. Second male researcher with black sunglasses, orange and purple jacket, orange life jacket holding a large black camera.

White Shark Research

A common misconception about white sharks is that they're mindless killing machines. Not so! Researchers in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are finding that these predators have very specific feeding strategies and are cautious about what they'll approach. Check out our video to learn more!

From above, Basking shark swimming from left to right in dark blue water with top fin pointing out of the water.

Basking Shark

Meet the basking shark, a gentle filter feeder found in NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Shark swimming from left to right over reef with multicolored fish swimming nearby in low visibility.

Shark and Ray Videos from Flower Garden Banks

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary hosts a healthy population of elasmobranchs (cartilaginous fishes), more commonly known as sharks and rays.

Whale carcass in water with two researchers observing from a boat.

White Sharks Scavenging in Stellwagen Bank

You will never guess what fin-tastic sight scientists in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary stumbled upon this week!

Galapagos shark swimming from right to left in vibrant blue water with text in bottom right corner that says GALAPAGOS SHARK.

Galapagos Sharks

Galapagos sharks are a fairly common sight in the protected waters of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Get to know these impressive creatures in our new Earth Is Blue video!

Small shark swimming close to the sand towards a sea turtle under a large coral reef.

Turtle Versus Shark

Do sharks always rule the seas? Think again! In places like Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, it's not always predators that come out on top.

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White Shark Tagging by Dr. Domeier: Timeline and Video

On October 29, 2009, 12 days after the shark was filmed, it was captured in the sanctuary by Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, who attached a Smart Position or Temperature (SPOT) transmitting tag to the shark's dorsal fin.

Hammerhead shark swimming from left to right in lue water with a school of fish in the distance. Underbelly and mouth in view.

Endangered Ocean: Sharks

Did you know that sharks have existed for more than 400 million years? There are more than 450 species of sharks throughout the ocean and they come in all different colors and sizes.

Cartoon with text that reads Cause a Sea Change and includes a shark fin and seagull above the water and a vibrant coral reef and fish below the surface.

Cause a Sea Change

Sharks play a vital role in the health of our ocean, but in some parts of the world, many shark species are in decline. By contrast, many shark species in U.S. waters are doing well thanks to the efforts of NOAA and fishermen. Learn about the conservation success in the U.S. and why sharks are in trouble elsewhere—and what you can do to help!

Great white shark coming straight on with mouth open and teeth visible under the surface of the water.

A Symphony of Sharks

NOAA Fisheries proudly presents an ode to sharks and shark research.

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Get to Know Your Pacific Islands Threatened Species: Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

Oceanic whitetip sharks are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Get to know more about this species in this fun, short video.

Shark at the surface alongside a research boat with a researcher in an orange coat and blue gloves holding the line that has hooked the shark.

Dusky Tracks: Satellite Tags Help Manage Fisheries Closures

Dusky sharks live along the U.S. East Coast, and are sometimes caught unintentionally by fishermen. Follow scientists and fishermen as they attach satellite tags to learn more about this shark’s movements and better manage our nation’s fisheries.

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Stay Safe Around Sharks: Q&As with Dr. John Carlson

The shark attacks along the Carolinas in June and July of 2015 raised a lot of questions about sharks and their interactions with people. Our shark expert, Dr. John Carlson, shares answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Three female researchers on a NOAA research boat. One is on the boat in a blue shirt and green hat taking a photo of the shark. One is in the water in a purple shirt, purple bandana, and black sunglasses holding a small shark. One is in a pink shirt and red hat standing in the water hunched over.

Protecting the Smalltooth Sawfish

The smalltooth sawfish is a bizarre looking animal and an endangered species. In this video, get an intimate look at baby sawfish that are only days old, as well as a glimpse of a 17-ft long adult, and learn about the science behind protecting them.