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2009-12-15 07:20:00

BEND, Ore., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Architect Mark Burginger witnessed a slow-down in his work load due to the slump in the housing construction market. So along with his job search he also spent time developing a construction toy for children. Tune in on Friday, January 29th (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network and see Qubits® Toy Company pitch a new toy idea to the panel of multi-millionaires on "Shark Tank." Qubits® is a dynamic new...

2009-11-15 16:08:00

PORTO DE GALINHAS, Brazil, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After meeting for ten days, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) refused to end fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna. Instead, ICCAT set the catch limit for bluefin, considered the most valuable fish in the sea, at 13,500. Member countries also agreed on only one measure that will help conserve sharks in the Atlantic, a ban on the retention and landing of big eye threshers, but Mexico was...

2009-10-15 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing to 11 ft. in length, Sevengills are the largest of the five species of sharks that are commonly found in San Francisco Bay, but little is known about their lifestyle or habitat requirements. In 2008, Aquarium of the Bay partnered with the UC-Davis Biotelemetry Lab to learn more about the sharks' long-term movements and breeding patterns. To date, this innovative program has implanted acoustic transmitters in 25 Sevengills. Monitors...

2009-09-30 11:15:10

The official cause of death of nine bonnethead sharks and two black tip sharks found dead in Marco Island, Fla., remains unknown, officials say. Collier County pollution control specialist Rhonda Watkins said fish tissue samples taken from the sharks found dead Tuesday on Sand Dollar Island were being tested along with water samples to determine what killed them, the Naples (Fla.) News reported. Watkins suggested the 11 sharks, which did not wash up in the same location on the beach, may have...

2009-09-28 09:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating San Francisco Bay's enigmatic shark species, Aquarium of the Bay, in partnership with Sea Stewards, presents SHARKtober, a month-long event focusing on the local shark population. SHARKtober celebrates the White Sharks' annual return to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, while increasing awareness of the five different species of sharks that live in the Bay. Shark-related activities will take place all month at...

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2009-09-25 12:55:00

The Pacific Republic of Palau is banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters in an effort to create the world's first "shark sanctuary", BBC News reported. President Johnson Toribiong announced the sanctuary during Friday's session of the UN General Assembly. Many conservationists are calling it a "game-changing" move, as half of the world's oceanic sharks at risk of extinction. As a result, some 230,000 sq miles of ocean, an area about the size of France, will be under protection from...

2009-09-25 07:05:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Shark Conservation Campaign, issued the following statement in response to the United Nations General Assembly address by Johnson Toribiong, president of the Pacific island country of Palau: "The declaration that Palau will become the world's first international shark sanctuary helps fill a dire need to save sharks. Sharks have inhabited our planet for more than 400 million years, but...

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2009-09-22 09:15:00

Ancient and bizarre fish named by California Academy of Sciences researchers New species are not just discovered in exotic locales"”even places as urban as California still yield discoveries of new plants and animals. Academy scientists recently named a new species of chimaera, an ancient and bizarre group of fishes distantly related to sharks, from the coast of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. The new species, the Eastern Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus...

2009-09-08 07:37:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience an astonishing up-close encounter with the lions and tigers of the ocean when "Sharks" comes to the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome at the Orlando Science Center. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the Great White, Hammerhead, and Whale shark. The film premieres during an ocean-themed Cocktails & Cosmos social event on Saturday, September 19, 2009, and daily public viewings continue through Spring...

2009-09-04 22:48:40

Shark attacks worldwide are rare, with only 40 reported so far in 2009, a Texas A&M University at Galveston marine biologist said. The reason you hear so much about a shark attack when it occurs is the 'fear factor,' Andre Landry said. When you're in the water, you never really know what is lurking under you or near you. He said common sense should prevent any worries about shark attacks. Sharks don't go after humans, they only attack humans when they are mistaken for a food source or are...


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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