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2008-01-03 09:21:53

Whale sharks, which grow to weigh as much as two or three adult elephants, are thriving in waters off Western Australia, a new study of underwater images suggests. Up to 65 feet long (20 meters), the whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is the world's largest living fish species — and also the largest shark. Though hefty, this shark is known as the "gentle giant" for its non-predatory behavior. Rather than tearing through meaty flesh of prey like many sharks, this fish, with its broad,...

2006-11-29 15:01:20

By Jeremy Manier, Chicago Tribune Nov. 29--A fearsome mega-predator of the ancient seas had the most powerful jaws of any fish that ever lived, according to a new study that makes even the biggest great white shark seem like a slack-jawed weakling. The new report by scientists at the Field Museum and the University of Chicago offers a unique window into the bizarre aquatic world of 400 million years ago, when the conquest of dry land by animals had barely begun and the first jawed...

2006-11-28 21:00:17

CHICAGO _ A fearsome mega-predator of the ancient seas had the most powerful jaws of any fish that ever lived, according to a new study that makes even the biggest great white shark seem like a slack-jawed weakling. The new report by scientists at the Field Museum and the University of Chicago offers a unique window into the bizarre aquatic world of 400 million years ago, when the conquest of dry land by animals had barely begun and the first jawed creatures were carving out their...

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2006-09-14 22:30:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - A South African shark-spotting program to warn surfers and swimmers about the approach of great whites is to be expanded, environmentalists said Thursday, though they added the sharks have more to fear than humans. In the only program of its kind in the world, South Africans are being trained as "spotters" who scour the ocean near popular beaches to sound the alert if they see one of the mighty predators. Many of those recruited are disadvantaged or homeless....

2006-08-14 03:04:40

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African lifeguard had his foot bitten "clean off" when a shark attacked him during a training exercise off a beach near Cape Town, officials said. Achmat Hassiem, 24, and his brother and fellow lifeguard Taariq, 17, were in the water off False Bay on Sunday when Achmat spotted a shark and yelled to his brother to get into a nearby boat. "I got in the boat. The shark turned and went straight for my brother," Taariq told the SAPA news agency. "I stuck...

2006-02-13 14:47:21

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said on Monday. Worldwide there were 58 shark attacks in 2005, down from 65 a year earlier, and fatalities fell to four from seven, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File housed at the university's Florida Museum of Natural History. Attacks have been on...

2006-02-13 14:50:00

By Jane Sutton MIAMI -- Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said on Monday. Worldwide there were 58 shark attacks in 2005, down from 65 a year earlier, and fatalities fell to four from seven, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File housed at the university's Florida Museum of Natural History. Attacks have been on the decline for five...

2006-02-12 20:39:48

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was...

2006-02-06 02:11:57

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Swimmers in an ocean race off Sydney faced their worst nightmare when a 10-foot shark was spotted heading straight for them, forcing race officials to quickly pluck competitors from the water. Swimmers in the Cole Classic ocean swim, a six-mile race out through the heads of Sydney Harbor to the city's northern Manly Beach, were around the halfway mark on Sunday when the shark was spotted, local newspapers reported on Monday. Safety boats following the swimmers out...

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2005-10-06 18:55:00

WASHINGTON -- A great white shark named Nicole logged more than 12,000 miles swimming from Africa to Australia and back, the first proof of a link between the two continents' shark populations, researchers say. A second report details the movement of dozens of salmon sharks from summer waters near Alaska to warmer winter quarters off Hawaii and Baja California. "Sharks have home ranges that are at the scale of ocean basins," said researcher Barbara A. Block of Stanford University. She added...


Latest Great white shark Reference Libraries

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2007-04-18 15:16:24

The Cookiecutter shark, Isistius brasiliensis, also known as the cigar shark or luminous shark, is a small rarely-seen dogfish shark. Anatomy and morphology The Cookiecutter sharks often glow green and grow up to 20 in (50 cm) long. The underside of the shark is bioluminescent, glowing a pale blue-green that matches the background light from the ocean's surface that serves as camouflage to creatures beneath it. However, a small non-luminescent patch appears black deceiving the shark's...

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2007-03-19 15:01:39

The Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest fish after the whale shark. The basking shark is a cosmopolitan species - it is found in all the world's temperate oceans. It is a slow moving and generally harmless filter feeder. Like other large sharks, basking sharks are at risk of extinction due to a combination of low resilience and overfishing through increasing demands for the sharks' fins, flesh and organs. Taxonomy This shark is called the basking shark because it...

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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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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 10:06:17

The Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, also known as the Bull whaler, Zambezi River shark or colloquially Zambi, is common worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and well-known for its unpredictable, often aggressive behavior. They have a tolerance for fresh water that is unique among marine sharks, and can travel far up rivers, posing a threat to those who venture into the water. As a result they are probably responsible for the majority of attacks on humans that take place near the...

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