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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...

2005-10-06 13:00:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A great white shark has astounded scientists by swimming from South Africa to Australia and back in a journey that sheds new light on the murky world of the ocean's most feared predator. The epic voyage of the tagged female shark -- named Nicole after Australian actress Nicole Kidman -- will be described in the Thursday edition of the U.S. journal "Science." In the first transoceanic and longest ever recorded trip by a shark, Nicole swam an astonishing 12,400 miles --...

2005-09-17 21:18:03

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - In a life-and-death struggle, Australian surfer Jake Heron punched the great white shark as it bit his arm and thigh, turning the ocean into a bloody cauldron. Miraculously, Heron, 40, lived to tell the tale. Very few people survive an attack by a great white, which can grow to 20 feet, weigh 2.5 tonnes, and with enough power in its jaws to lift a car. Two weeks earlier, marine biologist Jarrod Stehbens, 23, also fought a great white as it pulled...

2005-09-18 01:15:00

SYDNEY -- In a life-and-death struggle, Australian surfer Jake Heron punched the great white shark as it bit his arm and thigh, turning the ocean into a bloody cauldron. Miraculously, Heron, 40, lived to tell the tale. Very few people survive an attack by a great white, which can grow to 20 feet, weigh 2.5 tonnes, and with enough power in its jaws to lift a car. Two weeks earlier, marine biologist Jarrod Stehbens, 23, also fought a great white as it pulled him underwater as he tried to climb...

2005-08-25 01:38:30

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The parents of an Australian marine biologist attacked and presumed killed by a shark said on Thursday they did not want the shark destroyed, while rescuers held little hope of finding the man alive. Jarrod Stehbens, 23, was looking for cuttlefish eggs with three University of Adelaide colleagues about 5 km (3 miles) off Glenelg, near the South Australia state capital of Adelaide, when he was attacked on Wednesday. "Jarrod was doing exactly what he wanted to do. He...

2005-08-25 01:35:00

SYDNEY -- The parents of an Australian marine biologist attacked and presumed killed by a shark said on Thursday they did not want the shark destroyed, while rescuers held little hope of finding the man alive. Jarrod Stehbens, 23, was looking for cuttlefish eggs with three University of Adelaide colleagues about 5 km (3 miles) off Glenelg, near the South Australia state capital of Adelaide, when he was attacked on Wednesday. "Jarrod was doing exactly what he wanted to do. He loved the sea,...

2005-08-24 10:15:31

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Emergency crews were set to resume their search at first light on Thursday for a diver taken by a shark in the sea off Australia's rugged southern coast. The man was one of two university researchers who had been diving off a boat to collect cuttlefish eggs about 2 km (1.2 miles) off Glenelg, near the South Australian state capital, Adelaide, when the shark struck. Colleagues hauled the second man back onto the boat but the shark used its snout to push the first...

2005-07-04 18:52:31

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Cruise's alien-invasionthriller "War of the Worlds" was the top movie around the worldlast weekend, erasing speculation that the star's antics inrecent months could hurt its prospects at the box office. In North America, the Steven Spielberg-directed film hasearned $113.3 million for the six days since its Wednesdayrelease, distributor Paramount Pictures said on Monday. Its four-day sum of $77.6 million, from Friday to Monday,ranks as the...

2005-07-01 07:35:00

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When it comes to theFourth of July weekend box office, nothing sets off fireworkslike a good ol' alien attack. When 20th Century Fox's "Independence Day" planted a flagon the weekend of the Fourth in 1996, it discovered thatextraterrestrials blowing up the White House was a surefireholiday attraction. In 1997 and 2002, Sony Pictures followed upwith comic close encounters as "Men in Black" and then "Men inBlack II" dominated their...

2005-07-01 00:48:01

By Brian Fuson and Hy Hollinger LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "War of the Worlds"grossed $21.3 million on its opening day at the box office inNorth America, distributor Paramount Pictures said Thursday. The opening day for the PG-13-rated sci-fi thrillerdirected by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise proved tobe the seventh biggest of all-time for a Wednesday debut and acompany best for the distributor. "We are thrilled. It's an absolute home run for thestudio," Paramount...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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