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2010-06-30 15:35:00

HONOLULU, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of the State of Hawaii becoming the first jurisdiction to ban sales of shark fin soup, local and international conservation groups praised the ground-breaking move as a first step to halting the decimation of global shark stocks. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100630/SF29332) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100630/SF29332) Fins from up to 70 million sharks a year are used for shark fin soup often with the bodies of...

2010-06-28 09:34:00

NEW YORK, June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gaiam, Inc., a leading producer of lifestyle media, announced today the release of the most anticipated hit title of the year - Discovery Channel's Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection. Available on DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc, this special compilation of never-before-released programs premiered on Discovery as a part of the highly anticipated and highly rated Shark Week event, which has been captivating fans for more than 20 years. Shark...

2010-06-26 12:56:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at the Aquarium of the Bay, shark advocates mark the launch of a new exhibit and shark conservation appeal featuring Sherman, the loveable shark of the syndicated cartoon, Sherman's Lagoon. An upcoming comic strip will urge US proposals for international shark conservation measures including better bans on "finning" (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea). The exhibit features a two-week long series of strips in which...

2010-06-21 10:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- World renowned cartoonist Jim Toomey joins his cast of amusing aquatic characters to share the story of shark finning in Aquarium of the Bay's new exhibit, Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny, on Saturday, June 26. To celebrate this new and thought-provoking exhibit, Toomey will be onsite to meet fans, conduct Cartooning 101 classes and sign books on opening day. The Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny exhibit will be on display throughout the...

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2010-06-11 07:11:19

It's no secret that sharks have a keen sense of smell and a remarkable ability to follow their noses through the ocean, right to their next meal. Now, researchers reporting online in the June 10th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have figured out how the sharks manage to keep themselves on course. It turns out that sharks can detect small delays, no more than half a second long, in the time that odors reach one nostril versus the other, the researchers report. When the...

2010-05-27 14:13:57

Adding natural derivative to treatment does not prolong survival, NCI-funded study shows In the first scientific study of its kind, shark cartilage extract, AE-941 or Neovastat, has shown no benefit as a therapeutic agent when combined with chemotherapy and radiation for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute; the findings were...

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2010-05-27 06:10:00

Shark attacks are most likely to occur on Sunday, in less than 6 feet of water, during a new moon and involve surfers wearing black and white bathing suits, a first of its kind study from the University of Florida suggests. Researchers analyzed statistics from shark attacks that occurred in Florida's Volusia County, dubbed the "Shark Attack Capital of the World," between 1956 and 2008. They also spent a year observing people between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, said George Burgess,...

2010-05-20 10:10:53

A new method of analyzing squalene and squalane, oils often used in the production of cosmetics and vaccines, can show whether they came originally from the liver oil of deepwater sharks or from olive oil. In 2006 the European Union imposed deep-sea shark fishing limits in the North-East Atlantic, and since 2008 some important cosmetic firms have declared that they have stopped using shark squalane. Up to now however there has been no way that a manufacturers could determine whether the...

2010-04-16 11:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica today announced their second shark-tagging research expedition to Baja California, set to take place from July 1st-5th, 2010. The organization is actively seeking up to 20 individuals from the general public to swim with and learn about the conservation of the world's largest fish: the giant whale shark. The team will be traveling to Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez in Baja where whale...

2010-04-08 15:43:00

LOS ANGELES, April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 6th, 2010, the Hawai'i House passed measure SB 2169, prohibiting the distribution, sale, and possession of shark fins in the State of Hawai'i. Measure SB 2169 is a victory for the protection of sharks and an important step toward ocean conservation. If/when SB 2169 becomes effective Hawai'i will be the first state in the union to ban the sale of shark fins. Currently, shark finning, the cutting off of a shark's fins and discarding...


Latest Sharks Reference Libraries

Epaulette Shark, Hemiscyllium ocellatum
2013-10-15 11:50:38

The Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a species of longtailed carpet shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae, found in shallow and tropical waters off Australia and New Guinea. The common name of this shark comes from the very large and white-margined black spot behind each pectoral fin, which remind one of military epaulettes. As a small species, it usually measures under 3.3 feet long. The epaulette shark has a slender body with a short head and broad, paddle-shaped paired...

Barbeled Houndshark, Leptocharias Smithii
2013-01-12 08:59:55

The barbeled houndshark is found off the western coast of Africa from Mauritania to northern Angola, occasionally found in the Mediterranean Sea. It lives on the sea floor generally around river mouths where the bottom is muddy at depths up to 246 feet, and the water temperature is 68 - 81 °F. The barbeled houndshark is a very active swimmer having a slender body, long tail, the eyes are oval and set horizontally on the head; behind each eye there is a tiny sphere. It has a long arched...

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2007-06-24 20:50:57

The Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, is a shark in the nurse sharks family, the only member of its genus Ginglymostoma. It may reach a length of 14.1 ft (4.3 m). Taxonomy The name nurse shark is thought to be a corruption of nusse, a name which once referred to the Catsharks of the family Scyliorhinidae. The nurse shark family name, Ginglymostomatidae, derives from the Greek words for hinge and mouth. Distribution and habitat The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling...

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2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include streams and rivers in Southeast Asia (Sumatra, Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia, etc.) Aquarium Care...

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2007-03-12 21:19:07

The Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) is a carnivorous fish that is a horse mackerel and belongs to the Carangidae family of fishes. It is widely distributed and lives in warm or tropical open seas. The Pilot fish is known for following large vessels and sharks, where it feeds on parasites and leftovers. Its relationship with sharks has been described as nearly symbiotic: it is extremely rare that a shark will feed on a pilot fish, and smaller pilot fish are frequently observed swimming into...

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