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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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2009-01-16 09:55:00

The three shark attacks in Australia this week has created a "Jaws" media frenzy, but in actuality, sharks are more in danger in the ocean than humans.Sharks are fierce, unmatched predators, until humans embark on the ocean.Commercial fishing and shark fin soup kills 100 million sharks, even endangered sharks, around the world each year, announced the Shark Research Institute in Australia.Ironically, sharks do not enjoy eating humans. Hardly any shark attacks entail sharks consuming humans,...

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2009-01-06 14:40:00

Scientists in New Zealand are gearing up to perform a necropsy on a 10ft great white shark. The dissection will be conducted in front of about 1,000 members of the public and streamed live online. The great white's organs will be investigated during the necropsy at Auckland Museum this Thursday where scientists hope to expand on their limited knowledge of one of the ocean's most mysterious inhabitants. "It's very exciting, we've never done anything like this in front of the public before,"...

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2008-12-31 11:20:00

Researchers announced on Tuesday that sharks have surprisingly weak bites for their mass and can decimate their prey simply because of their strong teeth. Their investigations of their jaws indicate that lions or tigers are much stronger when it comes to jaw force, but sharks win frequently in the water due to their extensive jaw size. "Pound for pound, sharks don't bite all that hard," said Daniel Huber of the University of Tampa in Florida, leader of the investigation. Huber and his...

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2008-12-03 15:35:12

Marine biologist Enrico Gennari dangles one foot into the water as he calls out to a Great White shark circling his boat. "Come on, Come on, you can do it," he says, as a 10-foot Great White shark swims within inches of the bait before turning away. A BBC News report describes an outing with Mr. Gennari, in which he demonstrates his technique in measuring the biting strength of a Great White shark. Gennari had spent three hours hanging his "Bitemeter" in the water. However, the long metal rod...

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2008-11-17 14:25:00

A marine biology crew has managed to record a whale shark - the world's biggest fish - expelling food waste, which was then scooped up for research. The sample has helped us discover more about the giant creature's feeding habits, said biologist Mark Meekan. The footage will be available as part of a BBC Natural World wildlife program called, "Whale Shark". Closely related to great whites, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is far less fearsome as they are only filter feeders, swimming with...

2008-10-31 18:00:21

At least 27 great white sharks have been discovered swimming yards off the sandy tourist beaches of Australia's Mid-North Coast, a video crew said Friday. The crew said it spotted the 10-feet-long juvenile sharks in the Port Stephens natural harbor as it was in a boat videotaping for a fishing DVD. The sharks, the world's largest known predatory fish, could grow to more than 20 feet long and weigh up to 5,000 pounds. On three other days Al McGlashan and his Strikezone video crew found...

2008-09-03 18:00:16

COULD this be a great white shark emerging from the water just off the Welsh coast? The terrifying picture (right) was shot by fisherman David John while on a fishing trip just 100 yards off the popular tourist destination of Caldey Island. Mr John, 40, from nearby Manorbier, said he just happened to be taking pictures of his girlfriend on his mobile phone when what could be one of the sea's most feared predators leaped from the water. And last night, marine experts refused to rule...

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2008-08-04 13:55:00

Using sophisticated computer modeling techniques, scientists have determined that the bite force of the great white's extinct relative, the gigantic fossil species Carcharodon megalodon (also known as Big Tooth) is the highest of all time, making it arguably the most formidable carnivore ever to have existed. Shark researchers from the University of New South Wales, Newcastle University, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries (Australia) and University of California (USA) reveal...

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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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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