Latest Great white shark Stories

2009-08-13 14:35:59

Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the U.S. East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists and fishery resource managers to monitor shark populations and their role in marine ecosystems.NOAA scientists from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) lab in Narragansett, R.I., recently conducted their ninth coastal shark survey from Florida to Delaware. ...

2009-07-31 06:30:00

SILVER SPRING, Md. and SAN DIEGO, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To celebrate the 22nd year of SHARK WEEK, Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is collaborating with FLO TV Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), to bring Discovery Channel's SHARK WEEK to its award-winning FLO TV((TM)) live mobile TV service. FLO TV's dedicated SHARK WEEK channel is a mobile destination for cable's longest running programming event, featuring...

2009-07-20 12:29:44

A surprising and odd source is being tapped in order to provide biofuel for Inuits. The Greenland shark is one of the largest species of sharks. Its meat is considered toxic to humans and it is a complete nuisance to fisherman. Now, researchers hope they have found a new use for the grand creature. The Greenland shark is native to the frigid Arctic waters, and thousands of them get caught and die in fishermen's nets off Greenland every year and are thrown back into the sea. The animals are...

2009-07-15 14:38:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, nine shark "attack" victims from around the nation were brought to Washington, D.C. by the Pew Environment Group to promote the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850/H.R. 81), legislation which would strengthen the ban on shark finning in U.S. waters and encourage shark conservation programs around the world. The U.S. effort is part of a global campaign recently launched by Pew to stem the rapid decline of the world's sharks. "Sharks...

2009-07-15 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, nine shark "attack" victims from around the nation joined advocates in pushing for the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850/H.R. 81), which would strengthen the ban on shark finning in U.S. waters and encourage shark conservation programs around the world. "Sharks have evolved over 400 million years to become an 'apex predator' in the marine ecosystem, yet our fears help paint a grave picture for their future. It's time to replace...

2009-06-25 11:30:00

A major conservation survey assessed 64 species of open ocean sharks and rays and found that one third of them face extinction, including the great white shark. The study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported that species hunted on the high seas are particularly at great risk, with over half in danger of extinction. The IUNC named tuna and swordfish fisheries as the main culprits for their accidental "by-catch" of sharks. Sharks are also being increasingly...

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...

2009-06-22 11:25:00

According to a new study to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Zoology, great white sharks appear to have a "serial killer" hunting strategy as they stalk their victims while skulking in the distance, rather than at random as was previously believed. Predatory behavior is one of the most intriguing interactions seen in nature, with sharks being one of the most ferocious and violent on Earth. Until recently, the predation of sharks has been difficult to observe and therefore...

2009-02-28 18:16:23

European scientists say the decline in shark populations might be the result of gender segregation among the predatory fish. Printed in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal, researchers said there is a striking level of sexual segregation among the mako shark in the South Pacific Ocean. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday that senior author David Sims of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Plymouth and his team used data collected from a Spanish...

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...

Latest Great white shark Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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