Quantcast
Last updated on April 24, 2014 at 21:24 EDT

Latest Shark Stories

Image 1 - Ancient Shark Attack Preserved In Fossil Whale Bone
2011-11-11 05:36:51

A fragment of whale rib found in a North Carolina strip mine is offering scientists a rare glimpse at the interactions between prehistoric sharks and whales some 3- to 4-million years ago during the Pliocene. Three tooth marks on the rib indicate the whale was once severely bitten by a strong-jawed animal. Judging by the 6 centimeter spacing between tooth marks, scientists believe the attacker was a mega toothed shark Carcharocles megalodon, or perhaps another species of large shark which...

2011-10-21 14:35:00

Pew says ending finning a good step, but does not save sharks WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement by the Taiwan Fisheries Agency that it will impose a ban next year on shark finning--the practice of slicing off the animal's fins on-board and then throwing away the body at sea--and mandate that sharks are landed with their...

2011-10-18 23:00:00

Pew calls for more action to protect depleted species WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten months after releasing a landmark report revealing the planet's top 20 shark-fishing catchers, the Pew Environment Group is expressing concern about new images and video taken in Taiwan that detail the expansive and unregulated nature of shark fishing globally. The depictions show fins and body parts of biologically vulnerable shark species, such as scalloped hammerhead and...

Nearly All Vertebrates Descended From Ancestor With Sixth Sense
2011-10-12 04:49:05

A new study finds that sharks, paddlefishes and certain other aquatic vertebrates have a sixth sense: the ability to detect weak electrical fields in the water, and to use this information to detect prey, communicate and orient themselves. The study, which caps more than a quarter century of work, found that the vast majority of vertebrates — roughly 30,000 species of land animals (including humans) and a roughly equal number of ray-finned fishes — descended from a common...

Image 1 - Analysis Confirms Sharks Are In Trouble
2011-09-28 08:05:38

Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations. “There is mounting evidence of widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines in the abundance of shark populations worldwide, coincident with marked rises in global shark catches in the last half-century,” say Mizue Hisano, Professor Sean Connolly and Dr William Robbins from the ARC Centre...

2011-09-26 05:15:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and SHANGHAI, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On both sides of the world, the movement to ban the trade and sale of shark fin products has gained an impressive roster of noteworthy supporters including Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsey, Richard Branson, Yao Ming, Mario Batali, Edward Norton, and Chinese billionaire Zhang Yue. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110926/SF74607) In California, WildAid, NRDC, and The Humane Society...

2011-09-22 14:27:00

Bahamas, Colombia, Honduras, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, and Palau Commit to More Sanctuaries; International Action NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders from eight countries launched an initiative today to prevent the extinction of sharks, symbolizing the latest development in the growing movement to safeguard the ocean's top predator. Members of the coalition committed to a declaration supporting the development of sanctuaries that end commercial...

2011-09-22 06:17:58

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A compound that was initially isolated from sharks may serve as an antiviral treatment, according to a new study. The compound -- known as squalamine -- has been studied in human clinical trials for treating cancer and eye disorders. In both lab and animal studies, the compound showed antiviral activity against human pathogens. "To realize that squalamine potentially has broad antiviral properties is immensely exciting, especially since we already know so much from...

New Legislation Prohibits Sale And Possession Of Shark Fins
2011-09-13 04:52:22

  Campaigns to save shark species have progressed in the past week as the California State Senate passed a ban on the sale and possession of shark fins last Tuesday. Shark fins could cost as much as $600 per pound and is a billion-dollar global industry. Shark fins are harvested from sharks in the ocean by catching the species, and then cutting off their fins, only to toss them back into the ocean for the animals to bleed out and die. "Since the 1970s the populations of...

d418e7b3e2003f98fbf1418a6194a15b
2011-07-24 05:59:25

Ecuadorean officials have reported that they have seized over 350 dead sharks from a boat that had been illegally fishing in the waters around the Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve. The Associated Press (AP) on Friday, citing government news agency reports, said that the crew of the boat, which had been discovered southeast of Genovesa Island on Monday night, will face criminal proceedings for fishing in the protected waters of the aquatic reserve. The catching, selling, and transporting of...


Latest Shark Reference Libraries

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,...

More Articles (39 articles) »