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2011-03-09 19:26:00

HAGATNA, Guam, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With passage of Bill 44, the US Territory of Guam has now become the third place in the Pacific that has taken a definite stand against shark finning, the trade of fins and shark fin soup. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110309/SF62412-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110309/SF62412-b) June 2010 marked the legislative breakthrough effort of the Hawaii shark fin bill. In January 2011 the Commonwealth of the Mariana...

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2011-03-02 11:15:59

Researchers, writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology suggest that some shark species have "mental maps" of their ranges and can pinpoint locations in the ocean up to 30 miles away. Tagged with acoustic transmitters, scientists analyzed data from tiger sharks, and found that they took directed paths from place to place, AFP is reporting. Using nine Blacktip reef sharks and 15 Threshers which had been tagged with trackers and released off Hawaii, Palmyra atoll in the Pacific or southern...

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...

2011-02-14 11:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- California Assembly Members Paul Fong and Jared Huffman today introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of shark fins in California to the State Assembly. California is one of the largest sources of demand for shark fin outside Asia and this bill would represent a major step towards reducing pressure on shark populations. Furthermore the bill complements the ban introduced in both Hawaii and the Commonwealth of North Mariana Islands (CNMI) as well...

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2011-02-09 07:35:00

The United States, as it has in the past, led the world in incidents of unprovoked shark attacks in 2010, according to researchers from Florida. In all, there were a record 79 attacks around the world in 2010, the highest that number has been in any year over the past ten years, the researchers said. The US led with 36 shark attack incidents, followed by Australia with 14 and South Africa with 8 attacks. Vietnam and Egypt were next with six attacks each. The report -- The International...

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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...

2011-01-26 20:16:00

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas Islands, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WildAid and Sharksavers congratulate Governor Fitial and the Legislature of the Northern Mariana Islands for passage of anti shark fin legislation. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/SF37292) In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Governor Benigno Fitial today signed into law an important bill - HB 17-94. This measure will prohibit possession and sale of shark fins in the Commonwealth...

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2011-01-18 14:20:00

According to a laboratory study published on Tuesday, sharks may be unable to distinguish between colors, which could benefit swimmers, fishermen and sharks themselves. Australian researchers looked at the retinal cells of 17 shark species caught off Queensland and Western Australia. They found that the most common kind of light receptors were "rod" cells, which are highly sensitive to light and allow night vision but cannot tell colors apart. However, the sharks lacked cone cells, which...

2011-01-10 15:07:49

Common genetic recipes pattern organs as different as shark gills and human hands A SCUBA expedition in Australia and New Zealand to find the rare embryos of an unusual shark cousin enabled American and British researchers to confirm new developmental similarities between fish and mammals. Elephant fish, a relative of sharks, utilize the same genetic process for forming skeletal gill covers that lizards and mammals use to form fingers and toes, researchers at the University of Chicago and the...

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2010-12-22 06:05:00

The US Senate tightened laws against shark finning on Monday, hoping to save the ancient fish which experts say is teetering on the brink of extinction due to the growing demand for the shark fins in many Chinese restaurants. The removal of fins was already illegal in the United States but the new rules close a major loophole that permitted trade in the Pacific so long as sharks were not finned onboard the vessel. The bill sailed through the House of Representatives in early 2009 but had...


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,...

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