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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...

2008-07-16 21:00:18

Experts say they have a rare opportunity to study a 6 1/2-foot great white shark after a carcass was found on a shore in Massachusetts. Lisa Capone, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said the Monday finding offers experts an opportunity to try to learn something, The Boston Globe reported. A Division of Marine Fisheries confirmed Tuesday the fish found on a beach in Nantucket, Mass., is a great white. State experts and scientists from the...

2008-07-14 18:00:08

MASSACHUSETTS man Michael Lopenzo has been charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly lied about seeing two great white sharks off the coast, prompting the closure of two beaches. (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-05-25 15:39:41

More than 50 percent of wide-ranging oceanic shark species are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing, according to a new study. The research, conducted by 15 scientists from institutes around the world and organized by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, focused on oceanic pelagic sharks and rays, including great white sharks, whale sharks, crocodile sharks, bigeye threshers, basking sharks, shortfin makos, longfin makos, salmon sharks, silky sharks, porbeagle sharks,...

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2008-03-07 00:10:00

It's hard to study a creature when you only catch fleeting glimpses of it. Up until recently, that was one of the big stumbling blocks for marine biologists and ecologists, but advances in electronic tracking technology have allowed them to peer farther across, and deeper under, the surface of the oceans than ever before. Satellite tracking systems and acoustic sensors are giving researchers insights into the behavior and lifestyles of some very elusive animals in the ocean, including the...

2008-02-28 15:00:00

SHALIMAR -- Shark attacks get Dick Brauer's attention. That's because his hobby is photographing sharks with the help of commercial dive operations. On most of those expeditions, he photographs the sharks through a cage lowered into the water. But Brauer has also done open-water dives similar to the one that killed an Austrian tourist last weekend. The Shalimar resident would do it again "in a heartbeat," he said. "Those are normally done safely. This was a freak accident, I would say." The...

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2008-02-18 09:45:00

It's hard to study a creature when you only catch fleeting glimpses of it. Up until recently, that was one of the big stumbling blocks for marine biologists and ecologists, but advances in electronic tracking technology have allowed them to peer farther across, and deeper under, the surface of the oceans than ever before. Satellite tracking systems and acoustic sensors are giving researchers insights into the behavior and lifestyles of some very elusive animals in the ocean, including the...

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,...

2007-04-20 18:00:10

DESTIN, Fla. - A 1,063-pound mako shark hooked close to shore in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated as a possible world fishing record. The Sea Ya Later II was cobia fishing when its crew spotted the 12-foot 6-inch shark Wednesday afternoon between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach. The Mother Lode, a 45-foot charter boat, helped bring in the shark. They used flying gaffs to secure the fish and then tied the gaffs to the Sea Ya Later II, which was tilting. "If (the shark) hadn't been...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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