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2008-12-23 16:34:00

SEA LIFE Divers Celebrate by Decorating LEGO Christmas Tree Under Water CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- SEA LIFE(TM) Aquarium at LEGOLAND(R) California Resort re-opened today not with a bang, but with a splash as two SEA LIFE "elves" dove deep into the 200,000 gallon Lost City of Atlantis display to decorate a LEGO(R) Christmas tree underwater. Surrounded by 40 new cownose rays, two new zebra sharks and the hundreds of tropical fish, rays and sharks that call Atlantis home, divers...

2008-12-19 10:37:00

BEIJING, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW-www.ifaw.org.cn) congratulates Taobao (www.taobo.com.cn), China's largest shopping website for its ban on the sale of shark fin products on the site. Taobao.com announced to its 400 million online members that all shark fin products will be banned from trade on Taobao.com starting 1, January 2009. The announcement was made as part of a campaign IFAW and Taobao collaboratively initiated to combat...

2008-12-10 23:57:21

The U.S. conservation group WildAid is calling for an international ban on shark fin soup. Peter Knights, director of WildAid, said nearly 100 million sharks are killed each year to meet demand for the Asian delicacy, CNN reported Tuesday. The fins sell for about $500 a pound. Knights said the reduction of sharks is disrupting the ocean's equilibrium. These are ecosystems that have evolved over millions and millions of years, he told CNN. As soon as you start to take out an important part of...

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2008-11-17 14:25:00

A marine biology crew has managed to record a whale shark - the world's biggest fish - expelling food waste, which was then scooped up for research. The sample has helped us discover more about the giant creature's feeding habits, said biologist Mark Meekan. The footage will be available as part of a BBC Natural World wildlife program called, "Whale Shark". Closely related to great whites, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is far less fearsome as they are only filter feeders, swimming with...

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2008-11-10 11:05:00

Sharks in the North Atlantic are in serious danger of being driven out of existence due to the fishing activities of nations such as Spain, Portugal, France and Britain, according to Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group said action must be taken immediately in order to change the current downward trend. Among new changes, the IUCN said tougher fishing controls would be needed in the European Union. A zero catch for spiny dogfish and all deepwater sharks...

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2008-11-03 13:00:00

The rising demand for shark fin soup in Asia is spurring illegal fishing and contributing to a plunge in stocks, according to a report on Monday. The Australian government and the wildlife trade-monitoring network Traffic, published the study urging governments to crack down on illegal catches. Registered legal shark exports totaled $310 million worldwide in 2005, up from $237 million in 2002. "As the world's demand for sharks continues to grow, shark populations are plummeting," the report...

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2008-10-15 08:10:00

According to Australian scientists, antibodies found in shark blood could potentially be used to fight cancer. Sharks have antibodies - molecules that fight disease - that are exceptionally adaptable, and tough. Researchers believe they can harness these attributes and use them to slow the spread of cancer. They hope the idea can lead to a new line of drug treatments. The team of researchers found that shark antibodies are capable of withstanding very acidic or alkaline conditions, and are...

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2008-10-10 15:25:00

The second-known instance of "virgin birth" in a shark has been confirmed through DNA testing, scientists said. A pup carried by a female Atlantic blacktip shark named Tidbit in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center contained no genetic material from a male. Beth Firchau, the curator of fish at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach said Tidbit was born in the wild and lived there for eight years with no males of the same species. The first documented...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By David Lukas By David Lukas Lonely Planet Yes it's true that Western Australia's Shark Bay has sharks, but don't let the name scare you away -- Shark Bay is one of the world's great natural wonders. In fact, this World Heritage site is one of only a couple of places in the world that meets every one of the program's criteria. Located 500 miles north of the capital city Perth, Shark Bay is a shallow, 8370-square-mile lagoon fabulously rich in marine resources, including the world's...

2008-09-24 12:00:19

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Georgienne Bradley of the Imaging Foundation, +1-310- 458-0700, info@imagingfoundation.org Imaging Foundation seeks public support after chosen among 25 finalists in national American Express philanthropy competition MALIBU, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The non- profit Imaging Foundation (www.imagingfoundation.org)is poised to establish a precedent-setting, global conservation initiative aimed at protecting the marine mega fauna of Cocos...


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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