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2009-06-25 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today called for stronger shark conservation measures worldwide as a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies 35 out of 64 known pelagic shark and related ray species around the world as threatened or near threatened with extinction.   The IUCN report was released just days before a joint meeting of the world's fishery managers in San Sebastian, Spain. The regional...

2009-03-18 15:01:49

A teenager who previously landed a record-setting shark says he caught another giant shark, weighting 340 pounds, during a Florida vacation. Aiden Medley, 13, said he landed an 8-foot-long, 340-pound shark after a three-hour struggle Tuesday while vacationing in Florida's Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday. Medley, who hails from Connecticut, said his family's Florida vacation last year yielded an even larger catch -- a record-setting 551-pound bull shark. He said he...

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2009-02-24 13:15:00

Australian surgeons were able to successfully use leeches to help reattach the severed hand of an Australian surfer mauled by a great white shark on Sydney's Bondi Beach, the AFP reported. Doctors are calling the operation a "minor miracle." The 33 year-old surfer, Glenn Orgias, nearly lost his hand after sustaining an attack by an 8.2-foot great white in the surf off Bondi earlier this month. It was the second shark attack in Sydney in February. The man's hand was hanging by a 1-inch...

2009-02-20 09:50:01

The recession may be responsible for a slump of a different sort: an unexpected dive in shark attacks, says a University of Florida researcher.Shark attacks worldwide in 2008 dipped to their lowest level in five years, a sign that Americans may be forgoing vacation trips to the beach, said George Burgess, ichthyologist and director of the International Shark Attack File, which is housed at UF.According to the latest statistics released today, the total number of shark attacks declined from 71...

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2009-01-12 10:05:00

An Australian snorkeler who punched a shark that attacked him south of Sydney was in stable condition Monday, doctors said. Steve Fogarty, 24, had his lower leg ripped in a midmorning Monday attack off the south coast of New South Wales by what is believed to have been a bull shark, officials said. The country's beaches are on high alert and several stretches of coast have been closed after a spate of savage shark attacks and many other shark sightings. Fogarty punched this brown shadow and...

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2008-11-03 13:00:00

The rising demand for shark fin soup in Asia is spurring illegal fishing and contributing to a plunge in stocks, according to a report on Monday. The Australian government and the wildlife trade-monitoring network Traffic, published the study urging governments to crack down on illegal catches. Registered legal shark exports totaled $310 million worldwide in 2005, up from $237 million in 2002. "As the world's demand for sharks continues to grow, shark populations are plummeting," the report...

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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...


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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