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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...

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2011-07-24 05:59:25

Ecuadorean officials have reported that they have seized over 350 dead sharks from a boat that had been illegally fishing in the waters around the Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve. The Associated Press (AP) on Friday, citing government news agency reports, said that the crew of the boat, which had been discovered southeast of Genovesa Island on Monday night, will face criminal proceedings for fishing in the protected waters of the aquatic reserve. The catching, selling, and transporting of...

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2011-04-28 06:35:00

An international team of scientists have used DNA to determine that groups of dusky sharks and copper sharks living in different coastal regions across the globe are in fact separate populations of each species. Both groups are heavily exploited for the shark fin trade, which claims tens of millions of animals every year to produce the Asian delicacy: shark fin soup. Many of these fish are declining rapidly as a result of pressures of fishing for their fins. The dusky shark is classified by...


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2007-03-13 10:23:08

The Dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus, is one of the larger species of shark, reaching 771.62 lb (350 kg). The Dusky shark is also known as the Black whaler and Dusky whaler. Less frequently used names include Bay-shark, Brown dusky shark, Brown shark, Common whaler, and Dusky ground shark. Physical description The dusky shark has a long streamlined body that is brown or gray above and white below. On the side of the body a stripe can be seen from the pelvic fins to the head. They can...

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2007-03-13 10:15:41

The Oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, is a large pelagic shark of tropical and warm temperate seas. It is a stocky shark, most notable for its long, white tipped rounded fins. This aggressive but slow-moving fish dominates feeding frenzies, and has attacked more humans than all other shark species combined "” it is a notable danger to survivors of oceanic ship wrecks and downed aircraft. Recent studies have shown that its numbers are in steep decline "” its large fins...

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2007-03-13 10:02:30

The Galapagos shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis, is a species of requiem shark. It was first named in 1905 after specimens were found in the seas around the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos shark is dark grey on top with an off-white belly and a black tail edge. Their average length is around 10 ft(3 m). They are benthic feeders, meaning they hunt prey from the sea floor, such as fish and octopuses. Adult Galapagos sharks are also cannibalistic, feeding on their own young if encountered. The...

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2007-03-13 09:54:53

The Caribbean reef shark, Carcharhinus perezii, discovered by Alonso Garza, is a requiem shark of the family Carcharhinidae found in the tropical western Atlantic and the Caribbean, from Florida and the Bahamas through to Brazil. Its length is up to 9.84 ft (3 m). It is one of the largest apex predators in these areas. Despite its abundance, it is one of the least studied large carcharhinid sharks. Caribbean reef sharks typically are seen cruising the edge of the reef over deep water. They...

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2007-03-13 09:48:58

The Bignose shark, Carcharhinus altimus, is a requiem shark of the family Carcharhinidae, found circumglobally between latitudes 40° N and 34° S, at depths of between 82.02 and 1640.42 ft (25 and 500 m). Its length is up to about 9.84 ft (3 m). The Bignose shark is a heavily-bodied, cylindrical shark with a large, long and broad snout, long nasal flaps and high, triangular, saw-edged upper teeth. The interdorsal ridge is high and prominent, and the pectoral and dorsal fins are large...

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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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