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New Shark Fin Protection For Five Species
2013-03-11 20:49:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Five shark species have received protection against finning trade, which causes millions of sharks to be killed every year. Over 170 nations gathered together at the world's biggest wildlife summit and voted to crack down on the finning trade, which supplies a key ingredient to the very popular shark-fin soup in Asia. The sharks, including three hammerhead species, the oceanic white tip and porbeagle, will require strictly...

Sharks Endangered Globally Due To Overfishing
2013-03-03 06:30:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Overfishing kills an average of 100 million sharks worldwide each year, according to new research highlighting the dangers faced by many different species of fish as they attempt to avoid possible extinction. According to Dan Stone of National Geographic Magazine, biologists from  Dalhousie University in Canada and colleagues used data obtained from global shark catch reports and nearly 100 past research papers to estimate...

2013-03-01 12:22:12

Pew calls for action at CITES to prevent species from being traded to extinction BANGKOK, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to scientific findings released today in the peer-reviewed journal Marine Policy, the number of sharks killed each year in commercial fisheries is estimated at 100 million, with a range between 63 million and 273 million. The authors also warn that the rate of fishing for shark species, many of which grow slowly and reproduce late in life, exceeds...

2013-03-01 12:22:07

MIAMI, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's shark population is experiencing significant decline with perhaps 100 million or more sharks being lost every year, according to a study published this week in Marine Policy. While sharks are one of the oldest vertebrate groups on the planet, the population decline is causing global concern. In the recently published paper, "Global Catches, Exploitation Rates and Rebuilding Options for Sharks," researchers from Dalhousie University...

Whitetip Shark Migrations Lead Them Home To Bahamas
2013-02-21 10:25:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As their name indicates, oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus ) are best known as inhabitants of the open seas. However, a new report by an US-led team of marine biologists has found that the deadly apex predators regularly migrate to waters around the Bahamas. Because the sharks were also found prowling for hundreds of miles in the waters around the Atlantic island nation, the biologists say their study could have...

Ocean Hotspots Let Researchers Track Marine Life
2013-02-18 13:07:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As wireless technology progresses, biologists are finding new ways to harness these advancements and further their research in the process. At the annual meeting of“¯American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston this Sunday, Stanford marine sciences professor Barbara Block discussed a new method for “biologging” the activities of various sea creatures using wireless technology. Using...

Shark Attacks In The US Have Increased
2013-02-12 05:29:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The International Shark Attack File report released this week by the University of Florida reveals shark attacks in the US reached a decade high in 2012. Worldwide fatalities, however, remained average. In 2012, the US saw 53 shark attacks. This is the highest number since 2000. Globally, there were seven fatalities due to shark attack, which is lower than 2011, but higher than the average of 4.4 from 2001 to 2011. According to...

Whale Shark Conservation Crowdsourcing
2013-02-09 07:06:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new variety of crowdsourcing, a researcher from Imperial College London is using vacation snapshots to track the movement of whale sharks. This study, published in the journal Wildlife Research, is the first to show that publicly sourced photographs are suited to conservation efforts. During scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions in the Maldives, tourists frequently take underwater pictures of the whale shark — the...

California Great White Sharks May Get Endangered Species Status
2013-02-07 14:59:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Wednesday, California's Fish and Game Commission recommended that the endangered status be given to great white sharks in the waters under their jurisdiction. Based on a recent population survey that found fewer than 340 adult sharks inhabiting the two principal feeding areas off the central California coast and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, the five-member commission voted unanimously to designate the great white as a candidate for...

2013-02-06 23:02:06

Ali Gilmore, author of the humorous and uplifting cancer survival guide, will donate up to $90,000 to Fin Forward, a San Diego based non-profit that provides shark and other marine life encounters for cancer survivors. San Diego, California (PRWEB) February 06, 2013 Ali Gilmore is determined to be more than a story about beating the odds of late stage cancer survival. She wants to inspire people to face their fears and enjoy life now, regardless of what obstacles come their way, and to get...


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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