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2009-05-27 13:56:09

Census of Marine Life historians meeting in Vancouver, Canada, say they have reconstructed images of past sea life that boggle the imagination. The researchers said they used such sources as old ship logs, literary texts and tax records to reconstruct what life in the ocean was like prior to the early 1800s. Before oil hunters harpooned whales by the hundreds, the ocean around New Zealand teemed with about 27,000 southern right whales - roughly 30 times as many as today, the scientists said....

2009-05-23 18:30:33

With shark populations tumbling around the world, Chinese cooks are turning to manta and devil rays to fill their shark fin soup pots. Until recently, the rays were targeted only by subsistence fishermen, The Times of London reported Friday. Now, about 1,500 big manta rays are taken every year in the Indonesian fishing port of Lamakera. Tim Clark of the University of Hawaii said the rays could be overfished quickly. They have a long lifespan -- possibly more than 50 years -- and do not begin...

2009-05-22 05:00:00

Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, was featured on ABC's Good Morning America Weekend Adventure segment aired 5/17/09. Stuart Cove was interviewed and spoke about his famous Shark Dive Adventure at his Nassau, Bahamas operation. NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, was featured on ABC's Good Morning America Weekend Adventure segment aired 5/17/09. Stuart Cove was interviewed and spoke about his famous Shark Dive Adventure at his Nassau, Bahamas operation. Stuart Cove's...

2009-05-13 05:00:00

KEY WEST, Fla., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- SharkDefense Technologies and HEFA Rare Earth Canada, Co. Ltd. announced today that shark-repellent metal alloys are available for sale. The metal alloys are proven to reduce the accidental capture of sharks and are anticipated to benefit many commercial fishing operations. The shark-repellent metal alloys work by generating a small voltage in seawater, which affects a shark's electric sense. Bony fish, such as tuna, do not have the organ responsible...

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2009-05-06 08:15:00

Overfishing deemed most likely cause Sharks, barracuda and other large predatory fishes disappear on Caribbean coral reefs as human populations rise, endangering the region's marine food web and ultimately its reefs and fisheries, according to a sweeping study by researcher Chris Stallings of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. While other scientists working in the Caribbean have observed the declines of large predators for decades, the comprehensive work by Stallings...

2009-05-04 09:45:00

Hundreds of millions of these voracious predators are impacting every fishery in the region TRENTON, N.J., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- An unprecedented alliance of commercial, recreational and party/charter boat fishermen and associated businesses has formed Fishermen Organized for Rational Dogfish Management (FORDM) to deal with a looming crisis. FORDM has requested assistance from Dr. Jane Lubchenco, newly appointed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head, in dealing with an...

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2009-04-27 13:58:30

Wildlife campaigners are welcoming plans for new curbs on the practice of removing fins from live sharks, BBC News reported. "Finning" involves cutting fins off of living sharks and dumping the low-value carcass at sea. On Thursday, a meeting in Brussels drew up an action plan on finning, which results in the deaths of the sharks "” which are often exported to China where they are used make shark-fin soup. The plans for Scottish waters went further, only giving permission in...

2009-04-22 11:25:00

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today applauded Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) introduction of the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (companion of legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Madeline Bordallo of Guam) on the day before the EU Fisheries Ministers consider a new Plan of Action for Sharks that covers all European Union Member States' waters. "Sharks, the top predators in the marine environment, are rapidly disappearing from the world's...

2009-04-09 08:00:30

U.S. biologists say DNA research shows giant whale sharks, a species threatened by over-fishing, don't always remain in protected waters. University of Illinois-Chicago geneticists led by Associate Professor Jennifer Schmidt studied the DNA of 68 whale sharks from 11 locations across the Indian and Pacific oceans and the Caribbean Sea. Our data show whale sharks found in different oceans are genetically quite similar, which means that animals move and interbreed between populations, said...

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2009-03-24 07:45:00

The genetic toolkit that animals use to build fins and limbs is the same genetic toolkit that controls the development of part of the gill skeleton in sharks, according to research to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 23, 2009, by Andrew Gillis and Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago, and Randall Dahn of Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. "In fact, the skeleton of any appendage off the body of an animal is probably patterned by the...


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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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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