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2012-02-15 08:00:00

The zoology website EurekaMag.com publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of natural science. The latest review covers the Brown Recluse which is a spider whose bite can be serious since it bears a potentially deadly hemotoxic venom, Tyrannosaur which was bipedal carnivore up to 13 meters in length and four meters in height, and Whale Shark which was a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest extant fish species. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 The zoology...

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2011-07-20 13:15:00

Scientists off South Africa's Cape were surprised as a half-ton great white shark jumped into their research boat with them, reports The Guardian. The marine researchers were caught off-guard as the 10-foot-long shark leapt into their boat, becoming trapped on deck for over an hour. The incident took place off Seal Island, near Mossel Bay, on South Africa's Cape coast. The crew used sardines to attract the sharks, which are known for bursting through the surface as they prey on seals....

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2011-06-29 08:00:00

Shark populations over the last 50 years have decreased dramatically. From habitat degradation to overfishing and finning, human activities have affected their populations and made certain species all but disappear. A new article in Current Issues in Tourism by Austin J. Gallagher and Dr. Neil Hammerschlag of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami study the impact of these apex predators on coastal economies and the importance of including conservation efforts...

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2011-05-26 10:10:18

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are often thought to be solitary behemoths that live and feed in the open ocean. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and colleagues, however, have found that this is not necessarily the case, finding that whale sharks can be gregarious and amass in the hundreds to feed in coastal waters. Aggregations, or schools, of whale sharks have been witnessed in the past, ranging from several individual sharks to a few dozen. However this new research, which involved...

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2011-05-23 09:20:31

A Star-mapping Algorithm For The Hubble Space Telescope Also Helps Researchers Keep Tabs on Rare Animals The speckle-skinned whale shark, despite growing to lengths of up to 40 feet, is among the rarest and least understood fish species. Its name in Madagascar"”"marokintana""”means "many stars." It's fitting, then, that researchers are now tracking these filter-feeding leviathans using an innovation originally designed to help NASA map the heavens. In 2002, Portland, Oregon,...

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2011-02-07 11:35:00

A new study has found that whale sharks could be even bigger than previously recorded. Scientists working in Mozambique have developed a new method of measurement using a camera mounted with lasers. Previous estimates put the world's largest fish at up to 60 feet in length, but accurate details of the fish have been difficult to obtain in the past. Researchers believe regular measurements will reveal more about the lifecycles of the whale sharks. The scientists' findings are published in...

2010-11-25 21:51:07

How the world's largest fish uses geometry and energy conservation to stay afloat They are the largest fish species in the ocean, but the majestic gliding motion of the whale shark is, scientists argue, an astonishing feat of mathematics and energy conservation. In new research published today in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology marine scientists reveal how these massive sharks use geometry to enhance their natural negative buoyancy and stay afloat. For most animals...

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2010-08-25 11:05:00

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior of these ocean-roaming giants, a newly published analysis led by University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Jennifer Schmidt reveals new details about the mating habits of this elusive, difficult-to-study fish. Schmidt, a UIC associate professor of biological sciences, determined paternity of 29 frozen embryos saved from a female whale shark caught off the...


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2007-03-19 15:01:39

The Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest fish after the whale shark. The basking shark is a cosmopolitan species - it is found in all the world's temperate oceans. It is a slow moving and generally harmless filter feeder. Like other large sharks, basking sharks are at risk of extinction due to a combination of low resilience and overfishing through increasing demands for the sharks' fins, flesh and organs. Taxonomy This shark is called the basking shark because it...

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