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whale shark
2014-08-05 06:11:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The largest fish in the world, at more than 30 feet long, are the whale sharks. Researchers have gained a rare look into the world of these behemoths with a newly-discovered aggregation of juvenile whale sharks off the coast of Saudi Arabia. An international collaboration of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Massachusetts Division of...

2014-07-29 08:28:01

ALICE TOWN, The Bahamas, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Saying "I do" within feet of huge, hungry bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) might not be everyone's idea of a dream wedding, but for those adventurous couples looking to tie the knot on an exotic island destination, the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina has announced a Facebook competition that is mighty tempting. All couples need to do is to submit a video to the resort's Facebook page http://bit.ly/1n7knsQ, and make their...

2014-07-22 04:21:04

BOCA RATON, Fla., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TransMedia Group said it was retained by HappyWares(TM) to produce videos to help business owners become contestants on popular television shows like Shark Tank, just as it did for their recent client that owns the Buckleby Child Car Seat Safety System." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrw1ftF-S6g). TransMedia (www.transmediagroup.com), working together with its video production arm, iDREAM Productions, Inc., will help business owners...

2014-07-17 16:41:04

PLOS 16-year study suggests Azore islands may play increasing role in whale shark habitat At the fringe of the whale shark range, the volcanic Azore islands may play an increasing role for the north Atlantic population as sea surface temperatures rise, according to a study published July 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Pedro Afonso from University of the Azores and colleagues. Whale sharks prefer tropical waters in the range of 26-30º C, but studies have shown that...

Better Understanding Arctic Climate Change Based On Shark Teeth
2014-07-10 08:44:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today, polar bears and other animals adapted to extremely cold environments inhabit the Arctic tundra. In the past, around 53 to 38 million years ago (the Eocene epoch), the Arctic was not a frozen tundra -- rather, it was more like a huge temperate forest with brackish water. This forest was home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the ancestors of modern-day tapirs, hippo-like creatures, crocodiles and giant tortoises....

2014-07-09 23:02:32

In this week's Caught On, the popular website explores how video can help solve mysteries: three separate surveillance videos help police close in on unexplained car thefts, and amateur video helps marine biologists understand the enigma of the Orca's aggressive behaviour towards great white sharks. Toronto, ON (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 Caught On Magazine demonstrates how surveillance and amateur video is helping police, scientists and even distraught moms solve out-of-sight...

modern day sand tiger shark
2014-07-01 05:12:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most sharks today are strictly saltwater fish, however, a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Chicago reveals that this was not the case 50 million years ago. Sharks in the Arctic Ocean during this time lived in brackish water, with approximately the same amount of freshwater found in modern day Lake Ponchatrain in Louisiana. The study, led by University of Chicago postdoctoral researcher Sora...

white shark
2014-06-14 03:00:03

NEFSC/NOAA White sharks are among the largest, most widespread apex predators in the ocean, but are also among the most vulnerable. A new study, the most comprehensive ever on seasonal distribution patterns and historic trends in abundance of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the western North Atlantic Ocean, used records compiled over more than 200 years to update knowledge and fill in gaps in information about this species. Scientists from NOAA Fisheries and colleagues added...

2014-06-11 08:22:23

Sawfishes, Devil Rays, Reef Mantas, Hammerheads, Threshers, Silky Sharks Proposed for Listing under Convention on Migratory Species WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark Advocates International is welcoming an unprecedented suite of proposals from Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to list 21 species of rays and sharks on the CMS Appendices. Two species of hammerheads, all three threshers, and the silky shark have been proposed for CMS Appendix...

2014-05-02 23:06:43

Las Vegas based producers of the first multi-use truck ramp, Shark Kage, have successfully funded their project on the crowdsourcing platform, Kickstarter. With an overwhelming response, the team has begun production on the ramps and will launch sales immediately. Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 Shark Kage, a Las Vegas based company set out to fund the creation of the world’s first 6-in-1 multi-use truck ramp by utilizing the Kickstarter platform. After launching their campaign on...


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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