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2009-09-08 07:37:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience an astonishing up-close encounter with the lions and tigers of the ocean when "Sharks" comes to the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome at the Orlando Science Center. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the Great White, Hammerhead, and Whale shark. The film premieres during an ocean-themed Cocktails & Cosmos social event on Saturday, September 19, 2009, and daily public viewings continue through Spring...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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