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Bull Sharks Have Most Powerful Bite
2012-10-21 09:59:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The shark with the most powerful bite isn't the Great White or the Hammerhead, scientists have discovered -- rather, it is the Bull shark that bites with the most force relative to its size, according to a new study. Marine biologists, including Philip Motta and Maria Habegger of the University of South Florida (USF), measured the bite strength from 13 different shark species, according to Dan Vergano of USA Today. They...

Researchers Use Underwater Robot To Track Tagged Tiger Sharks
2012-10-18 10:18:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from University of Delaware are in the midst of a multiyear study with Delaware State University researchers to better understand the behavior and migration patterns of sand tiger sharks. In the latest phase of the study, an underwater robot is being unleashed to hunt down and follow these seemingly placid predators. The Oceanographic Telemetry Identification Sensor (OTIS) is a remote-controlled underwater device that...

Conservation Groups Want Protection For California Sharks
2012-08-14 14:24:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the Discovery Channel kicks off its annual Shark Week, conservation groups are petitioning the government to protect the ferocious ocean predators living off the coast of California. Citing a declining population, Oceana, The Center for Biological Diversity, and SharkStewards filed a scientific petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service seeking to protect great white sharks living off the West Coast under the Endangered...

Shark Fin Soup In US Restaurants Contain Threatened Species
2012-08-09 12:42:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The plight of the shark has been a hot topic for conservationists as of late, most appalled by the continuing presence of shark hunting that ends up with many threatened species being mutilated only for their precious fins for use in the popular Chinese delicacy shark fin soup. Shark fin soup has been a popular Chinese dish for decades, but new evidence is surfacing that threatened sharks are turning up in shark fin soup in many...

China Places Ban On Shark Fin Soup
2012-07-05 12:31:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chinese officials on Tuesday said the country will ban shark fin soup from government banquets and official state dinners within three years -- an announcement that has been welcomed by marine protection advocates, but has drawn backlash from others, who see it as a lowball attempt to obscure the facts. China´s Government Offices Administration of the State Council (GOASC) will issue guidelines of the move, CNTV.cn reported....

Australian Great White Sharks Are Actually Two Distinct Species
2012-06-05 11:14:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Despite inhabiting the same waters, two populations of Great White sharks living in the coastal waters of Australia are genetically distinct, according to a new study published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The two groups of Great Whites, or white sharks, are separated by the Bass Strait, a stretch of water between the Australian mainland and Tasmania to the south. The research team, led by Dean Blower from the University of Queensland, used...

Study Finds Drastic Decline in Reef Shark Population
2012-04-29 04:40:15

An international team of marine scientists has discovered that the population of reef sharks living the Pacific Ocean have decreased by at least 90% over the past several decades, claims a new study published online Friday in the journal Conservation Biology. As part of the study, a group of eight scientists used underwater surveys collected over the past 10 years from 46 different US Pacific islands and atolls as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Pacific Reef...

sharksScientists Provide First Large-Scale Estimate of Reef Shark Losses in The Pacific Ocean
2012-04-27 07:39:01

Tales from towed diver surveys demonstrate sobering truth about these top predators Many shark populations have plummeted in the past three decades as a result of excessive harvesting — for their fins, as an incidental catch of fisheries targeting other species, and in recreational fisheries. This is particularly true for oceanic species. However, until now, a lack of data prevented scientists from properly quantifying the status of Pacific reef sharks at a large geographic scale....


Latest Carcharhinidae Reference Libraries

Barbeled Houndshark, Leptocharias smithii
2012-09-03 08:24:18

The Barbeled houndshark (Leptocharias smithii) is a species of bottom dwelling shark and sole member of the Leptochariidae family. It is a fish found in the Atlantic Ocean, inhabiting coastal waters of Africa from Mauritania to Angola and found at depths up to 246 feet. It is occasionally found as far north as the Mediterranean Sea. Its habitat is typically muddy water around river mouths. This fish can grow up to 32 inches in length, and is characterized by its long, slender body,...

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2009-01-13 18:47:43

The Blind Shark (Brachaelurus waddi) is a species of blind shark found in the subtropical southwest pacific Ocean. It is most commonly found off the coast of Queensland and New South Wales, between latitudes 8° S to 33° S. It is sometimes spotted in shallow tide pools where it is barely submerged or sometimes deeper. It prefers rocky shoreline and coral reefs. It thrives well in aquariums and can live out of water for an extended period. The Blind Shark reaches a length of about 48...

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2007-04-13 19:56:36

The Kitefin shark, Seal shark, or Black shark, Dalatias licha, is a dogfish, the only species in the genus Dalatias, found in the Atlantic, western Mediterranean, western Indian Ocean, and western Pacific including Japan, Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand, at depths of 164.04 to 5905.51 ft (50 to 1,800 meters). Its length is from 3.28 to 5.91 ft (1 to 1.8 meters). The Kitefin shark has a blunt snout and both dorsal fins are approximately equal in size. The trailing edges of all fins are...

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2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include streams and rivers in Southeast Asia (Sumatra, Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia, etc.) Aquarium Care...

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2007-03-13 10:25:08

The Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, is a well studied shark belonging to the family Carcharhinidae. Distribution and habitat It is found mainly along the subtropical and tropical parts of the Atlantic coast of North and South America. Reproduction Lemon sharks are viviparous, females giving birth to between 4 and 17 young every other year in warm and shallow lagoons. The young have to fend for themselves and remain in shallow water near mangroves until they grow larger. With...

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