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Effects Of Catch-and-release Fishing On Sharks Examined In New Study
2014-01-30 15:45:04

[ Watch The Video: Catch-And-Releasing Sharks ] University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Researchers analyze blood chemistry, reflexes, and post-release survival of five coastal shark species in South Florida A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science investigated how several species of coastal sharks respond to stress from...

2014-01-29 23:20:45

In a historic biological achievement, Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday that Sweet Pea, the first documented shark ray to breed in a controlled environment, gave birth to seven pups on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Newport, KY (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 In a historic biological achievement, Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday that Sweet Pea, the first documented shark ray to breed in a controlled environment, gave birth to seven pups on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. With Sweet Pea housed at an...

Sharks And Rays Face Extinction
2014-01-23 15:00:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in eLife, a quarter of the world’s sharks and rays face extinction within the next few decades due to overfishing. The latest study is the first to survey the cartilaginous fish status throughout coastal seas and oceans, revealing that 249 out of 1,041 sharks and rays fall under three threatened categories on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. “We now know that...

2014-01-21 08:27:48

GLAND, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, according to IUCN Red List(TM) criteria, with rays at greater risk than sharks. The findings, published today in the journal eLife, are part of a global assessment of 1,041 species conducted by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. Ray and sharks are at substantially higher risk than most other groups of animals and have the lowest percentage of species...

2014-01-18 23:00:33

Newport Aquarium announced Saturday that Sweet Pea, the first shark ray to go on display in the Western Hemisphere, is pregnant – marking the first time a shark ray has become pregnant while in a controlled environment. Newport, KY (PRWEB) January 18, 2014 Newport Aquarium announced Saturday that Sweet Pea, the first shark ray to go on display in the Western Hemisphere, is pregnant – marking the first time a shark ray has become pregnant while in a controlled environment. This...

Great Whites Older Than Thought
2014-01-09 10:48:21

[ Watch the Video: Great White Sharks Live Long And Prosper ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Great white sharks have always been considered one of the longer living fish, but a new study in the journal PLOS ONE has found that they actually live much longer than previously believed. Using a radiocarbon analysis, study researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered that male...

Coral Reefs Tracking Tiger Sharks
2014-01-09 09:02:01

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study tracking the migratory patterns of tiger sharks in the waters near Australia revealed just how important coral reefs are to the survival of this feisty predator. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday and showed that coastal marine parks provide only temporary protection for the sharks. "In this study we looked at migratory movements and fidelity to specific reefs for tiger sharks tagged in New...

Ancient Shark Spawned Like Salmon
2014-01-07 15:16:19

[ Watch the Video: Evidence Of Ancient Shark Migration In Reverse ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology has found that a certain species of ancient shark behaved like salmon in reverse – swimming from freshwater into the ocean for spawning. The study of the long-snouted Bandringa provides the earliest known evidence of shark migration – which took place 310 million years ago in a region now...

2014-01-01 23:01:39

In response to an article published by Mashable, fishbat, an award-winning online marketing firm, applauds Western Africa for implementing a warning system that uses Twitter to alert people of sharks wandering close to shore. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) January 01, 2014 fishbat, an award-winning online marketing firm, responds to an article published by Mashable on December 29, which discusses how Western Australia is using Twitter as an alert system to notify beachgoers of sharks wandering close...

Sharks Humans Proteins In Common
2013-12-06 08:32:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Many shark proteins, involved in a number of different functions, match those of humans more closely than they do those of zebrafish. Cornell University researchers reported  this resemblance on Thursday, after an extensive investigation into the genetic code of endangered great white sharks. Despite a longstanding fascination with great whites, whose body design has been so effective that it has barely changed since the time of...


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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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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