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2008-09-01 09:30:00

Associated Press There's no telling what might turn up in Lake Michigan. Rich Fasi, of Traverse City, said he found a dead 2-foot shark in the water while fishing on West Grand Traverse Bay on Wednesday. The saltwater fish was a juvenile blacktip shark, said Mark Tonello, a fisheries biologist from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Tonello said someone might have caught the shark off the Atlantic Coast and kept it on ice while bringing it to northern Michigan. Another...

2008-08-02 00:00:23

By Joanne Kimberlin, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 2--WACHAPREAGUE -- Out here on the Eastern Shore, where voracious greenhead flies rule the marsh and waves of grass roll to the sunrise, scientists are fishing for sharks so they can learn how not to catch them. More than 11 million sharks die every year on fishing hooks that aren't intended for them. Up until recently, few people really cared -- at least no one who remembers "Jaws." Now, it's becoming clear that these wolves...

2008-07-30 18:00:18

By Shelby Sebens, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. Jul. 30--OAK ISLAND -- David Roseman has been shark fishing for 50 years. But he doesn't keep or kill the lion of the ocean. He just enjoys the thrill of the fight. Roseman respects the importance of sharks and their role in the ocean. Standing at the end of Ocean Crest Pier on Tuesday morning, he likened the top predator of the ocean to a buzzard. "He eats the garbage out of the ocean," he said. Contrary to their media-driven...

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2008-06-01 17:16:20

A shark expert in the United States said Friday that cooler ocean water temperatures as a result of La Nina might have caused the wave of fatal shark attacks off the Mexican coast in recent weeks. According to George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, La Nina usually results in cooler than normal waters in the Pacific, and may have moved the boundary between cold and warm water closer to the shore, taking fish and their shark predators along with it. "One of the...

2008-05-25 15:39:41

More than 50 percent of wide-ranging oceanic shark species are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing, according to a new study. The research, conducted by 15 scientists from institutes around the world and organized by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, focused on oceanic pelagic sharks and rays, including great white sharks, whale sharks, crocodile sharks, bigeye threshers, basking sharks, shortfin makos, longfin makos, salmon sharks, silky sharks, porbeagle sharks,...

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2008-05-22 15:30:00

An international study by specialists with the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) has found that more than half of the world's sharks are at risk of extinction.The report, the first to determine the global threat status of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays, found that 16 out of 21 species are at increased risk of extinction. The threat is primarily caused by targeted fishing for valuable meat and fins, along with indirect take in other fisheries that are typically unregulated and unsustainable....

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2008-04-22 13:10:00

Reducing bycatch could save millions of animals, reduce fishing costsSharks in captivity avoid metals that react with seawater to produce an electric field, a behavior that may help fishery biologists develop a strategy to reduce the bycatch of sharks in longline gear.  Shark bycatch is an increasing priority worldwide given diminished populations of many shark species, and because sharks compete with target species for baited lines, reducing fishing efficiency and increasing operating...

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2008-03-07 00:10:00

It's hard to study a creature when you only catch fleeting glimpses of it. Up until recently, that was one of the big stumbling blocks for marine biologists and ecologists, but advances in electronic tracking technology have allowed them to peer farther across, and deeper under, the surface of the oceans than ever before. Satellite tracking systems and acoustic sensors are giving researchers insights into the behavior and lifestyles of some very elusive animals in the ocean, including the...

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2008-02-19 05:00:00

The scalloped hammerhead shark will be added to the "globally endangered" species list this year.  Among the reasons are over-fishing and demand for shark fins, according to discussions that took place during last week's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Speaking at the Boston meeting, Dr Julia Baum, a marine ecologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), said excessive fishing...

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2008-02-17 18:05:00

Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans. The numbers of many large shark species have declined by more than half due to increased demand for shark fins and meat, recreational shark fisheries, as well as tuna and swordfish fisheries, where millions of sharks are taken as bycatch each year. Now, the global status of large sharks has been assessed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), which is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, scientific-based information source on the...


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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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
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