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2011-03-09 18:11:47

Photographs of fins used to ID individual sharks In the first census of its kind, research led by UC Davis and Stanford University found that there are far fewer white sharks off central California than biologists had thought. The study, published today in the journal Biology Letters, is the first rigorous scientific estimate of white shark numbers in the northeast Pacific Ocean. It is also the best estimate among the world's three known white-shark populations (the others are in...

2011-02-24 04:17:00

Pew applauds Pacific Islands for leading world on shark conservation WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Senate of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, passed a bill today banning the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins. With this legislation, sponsored by the Guam Senate's Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, the Pacific islands continue to lead the world in the fight for shark conservation. It now moves to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo for his signature. "More...

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2011-02-07 11:35:00

A new study has found that whale sharks could be even bigger than previously recorded. Scientists working in Mozambique have developed a new method of measurement using a camera mounted with lasers. Previous estimates put the world's largest fish at up to 60 feet in length, but accurate details of the fish have been difficult to obtain in the past. Researchers believe regular measurements will reveal more about the lifecycles of the whale sharks. The scientists' findings are published in...

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2011-01-27 08:26:12

A 10-year pledge among nations to help conserve the shark population has fallen short of its goals, a wildlife trade monitoring network reported on Thursday. Traffic, an organization dedicated to keeping plant and animal trade from becoming a threat to conservation efforts, teamed with the Pew Environmental Group for a study of the primary shark fishing nations in the world. "Ten years ago, governments agreed a global plan to conserve sharks," according to BBC News Environmental Correspondent...

2011-01-26 23:01:00

After Ten Years International Plan to Save Sharks Still Not Implemented WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A decade after members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) approved an international plan to conserve sharks, a new analysis finds that it has yet to be fully implemented. With 30 percent of all shark species now threatened or near threatened with extinction, there is little evidence that the plan has contributed significantly to improved...

2010-11-25 21:51:07

How the world's largest fish uses geometry and energy conservation to stay afloat They are the largest fish species in the ocean, but the majestic gliding motion of the whale shark is, scientists argue, an astonishing feat of mathematics and energy conservation. In new research published today in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology marine scientists reveal how these massive sharks use geometry to enhance their natural negative buoyancy and stay afloat. For most animals...

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2010-11-11 06:35:00

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia. In each case, the major predators help control the populations of their prey, scientists said. But through what's been called the "ecology of fear" they also affect the behavior of the prey, with ripple impacts on other...

2010-10-26 15:05:00

DALLAS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Topping the BLOCKBUSTER® Hit List of "Top 10 Renting DVD Titles" for the week ending October 24, 2010 is "Predators." In the newest spinoff from "Predator," John McTiernan's 1987 sci-fi thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, eight human killers are dropped by parachute onto a distant planet. Mercenaries, murderers, gangsters, and convicts, they were the most feared men on Earth; now these predators must fight the alien race of predators...

2010-08-30 10:47:00

Ocean Conservation Organization invites Public to its Fun-Raiser LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica (pronounced ya-MON-ja) announces the GREAT SHARK Affaire, a festival, to be held at the Long Beach Rainbow Lagoon, October 2-3, 2010. This charitable event will teach about ocean conservation as well as protecting sharks and their habitats. The GREAT SHARK Affaire(TM) will be set in a festival-like atmosphere teaching how every...

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2010-08-25 11:05:00

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior of these ocean-roaming giants, a newly published analysis led by University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Jennifer Schmidt reveals new details about the mating habits of this elusive, difficult-to-study fish. Schmidt, a UIC associate professor of biological sciences, determined paternity of 29 frozen embryos saved from a female whale shark caught off the...


Latest Predators Reference Libraries

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2007-01-19 12:56:54

The bobcat (Lynx rufus, or commonly Felis rufus) is a wild cat native to North America. They are found mostly in the United States, southern Canada, and Northern Mexico. The bobcat is an adaptable animal that inhabits wooded areas as well as semi-desert, urban, and swampland environments. They live in a set home range that shifts in size with the season. They utilize several methods to mark their territorial boundaries including claw marks and deposits of urine or feces. In appearance, the...

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2006-08-16 20:52:41

The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae. They are sometimes referred to as blackfish, a group including pilot whales, pigmy and false killer whales and melon headed whales. It is the second-most widely distributed mammal on Earth (after humans) and is found in all the world's oceans, from the frigid arctic regions to warm, tropical seas. It is also a versatile, deadly predator, eating fish, turtles, birds, seals, sharks and even...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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