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2012-08-25 23:03:38

Research Community Joins Local Residents in Support of Petition to Remove Ocearch from DMF Permit and Speak Out Against Invasive Methods Cape Cod, MA (PRWEB) August 25, 2012 Local residents were the first to openly object to the ℠Shark Wranglers´ coming to Cape Cod. Chris Fischer, of the reality TV show ℠Shark Wranglers´ and founder of Fischer Productions and Ocearch, has been given permission by a U.S. federal agency to work under MA biologist Dr. Greg Skomal´s...

Conservation Groups Want Protection For California Sharks
2012-08-14 14:24:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the Discovery Channel kicks off its annual Shark Week, conservation groups are petitioning the government to protect the ferocious ocean predators living off the coast of California. Citing a declining population, Oceana, The Center for Biological Diversity, and SharkStewards filed a scientific petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service seeking to protect great white sharks living off the West Coast under the Endangered...

Shark Fin Soup In US Restaurants Contain Threatened Species
2012-08-09 12:42:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The plight of the shark has been a hot topic for conservationists as of late, most appalled by the continuing presence of shark hunting that ends up with many threatened species being mutilated only for their precious fins for use in the popular Chinese delicacy shark fin soup. Shark fin soup has been a popular Chinese dish for decades, but new evidence is surfacing that threatened sharks are turning up in shark fin soup in many...

More Basking Shark Sightings In British Waters
2012-07-24 08:05:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Basking sharks, after being protected from commercial hunting since the late 20th century, are on the rise in British waters. The most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of basking shark sightings in UK waters was recently undertaken by the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Wave Action. Results of the study are published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series....

China Places Ban On Shark Fin Soup
2012-07-05 12:31:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chinese officials on Tuesday said the country will ban shark fin soup from government banquets and official state dinners within three years -- an announcement that has been welcomed by marine protection advocates, but has drawn backlash from others, who see it as a lowball attempt to obscure the facts. China´s Government Offices Administration of the State Council (GOASC) will issue guidelines of the move, CNTV.cn reported....


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Grey Bamboo Shark, Chiloscylium griseum
2013-10-17 11:02:24

The Grey Bamboo Shark (Chiloscylium griseum) is a species of carpet shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae that can be found in the Indo-West Pacific Oceans from the Arabian Sea to Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea, between latitudes 34 degrees North and 10 degrees South, and longitude 60 degrees East and 150 degrees East. It achieves a length of up to 74 centimeters. The adults are brown in color and have no other coloration....

Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum
2013-10-14 11:36:08

The Brownbanded Bamboo Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) is a bamboo shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae found in the Indo-West Pacific from Japan to northern Australia, between latitudes 34 degrees north and 26 degrees south, to depths of 279 feet. It achieves a length of 41 inches. While the adults are overall brownish with faint suggestions of bands, the commonly seen juveniles are distinctly barred dark and pale. This shark is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List....

Slender Bamboo Shark, Chiloscyllium indicum
2013-01-15 15:46:23

The slender bamboo shark is a bottom dweller found in shallow coastal waters where the ocean floor is sandy or muddy--around bays, inlets, and coral reefs. Found mainly in the Indo-West Pacific waters from the Arabian Sea to India; also in Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, and Solomon Islands. It is occasionally found in freshwater of the Perak River of Malaysia. The body of this species is brownish in color covered with dark splotches above and cream colored underneath. The mouth...

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark, Chiloscyllium plagiosum
2013-01-12 08:06:13

This harmless shark is native to the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Indonesia, it is also found in coastal waters from Japan to India. It lives on the ocean floor in shallow areas around coral reefs, hiding during the day and feeding at night. In Taiwan and Madagascar the whitespotted bamboo shark is used for food. Occasionally this species is kept in home aquariums as pets. The young whitespotted bamboo shark will have a black body covered with white and light blue spots and dark vertical...

Barbeled Houndshark, Leptocharias smithii
2012-09-03 08:24:18

The Barbeled houndshark (Leptocharias smithii) is a species of bottom dwelling shark and sole member of the Leptochariidae family. It is a fish found in the Atlantic Ocean, inhabiting coastal waters of Africa from Mauritania to Angola and found at depths up to 246 feet. It is occasionally found as far north as the Mediterranean Sea. Its habitat is typically muddy water around river mouths. This fish can grow up to 32 inches in length, and is characterized by its long, slender body,...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.