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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...

2009-10-29 13:47:00

Researchers gained 3 more Sharks for Adoption WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica today announced the addition of 3 newly tagged whale sharks to their family of sharks for research and conservation. The 3 new sharks are available to the public for adoption online and represent the need for urgent conservation of sharks. The organization's Adopt A Shark Program now has a total of 10 sharks that, with the aide of the tags,...

2009-09-24 12:41:00

20 openings available to tag sharks in Baja California LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica today announced that they are organizing a shark-tagging research expedition to Baja California in October 2009. The organization is actively seeking up to 20 scuba divers/snorkelers from the Southern California community as a means to educating consumers to the challenging processes of today's ocean preservation efforts. Departing the L.A....

2009-09-08 07:37:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience an astonishing up-close encounter with the lions and tigers of the ocean when "Sharks" comes to the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome at the Orlando Science Center. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the Great White, Hammerhead, and Whale shark. The film premieres during an ocean-themed Cocktails & Cosmos social event on Saturday, September 19, 2009, and daily public viewings continue through Spring...

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2009-05-17 13:15:00

On Saturday, a Singapore casino developer said it was considering alternatives to its plan on whale shark exhibits, the world's largest fish."We have started to explore plans for an alternative to a whale shark exhibit," Krist Boo, the spokeswoman for Resorts World at Sentosa, told AFP.Resorts World at Sentosa, which is one of two casino resorts being built in Singapore, was planning to import the whale sharks for its Marine Life Park, which is suppose to become the world's largest oceanarium...

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2009-04-08 08:23:52

Whale sharks -- giants of the fish world that strike terror only among tiny creatures like the plankton and krill they eat -- are imperiled by over-fishing of the species in parts of its ocean range. That threat is underscored in a new study from geneticists led by Jennifer Schmidt, University of Illinois at Chicago associate professor of biological sciences, reported online April 7 in the journal PLoS One. Schmidt and her colleagues studied the DNA of 68 whale sharks from 11 locations across...

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2009-04-07 08:40:02

One of the world's most mysterious sharks, a megamouth, was trapped, butchered and dined on by Filipino fishermen, the environmental conservation group WWF announced on Tuesday. Megamouth shark sightings are so unusual that every sighting is numbered, this being only the 41st ever viewed or caught in the world. Elson Aca, a Donsol WWF representative, said the rare shark was caught and eaten against the organization's recommendation. The 13-foot, 1,100-pound megamouth was trapped by fishermen...

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2009-03-12 11:20:00

A Singapore casino developer is planning to import whale sharks for its planned aquarium, resulting in several local and international animal welfare groups launching an online campaign opposing the plans, the AFP reported. The groups have called on the public to "voice their opinions" on the campaign's website on Wednesday concerning the casino's acquisition of the whale sharks. The casino will feature a Marine Life Park set to become the biggest seawater aquarium in the world, holding...

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2009-03-11 08:55:00

According to the Associated Press, a group of activists in the Philippines have rescued a whale shark the size of a forearm, believed to be the smallest offspring of the world's largest fish. The 15-inch-long whale shark was found with its tail tied to a small rope on a beach last week in Pilar town in the eastern Philippines.  According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the fish was "arguably the smallest living whale shark in recorded history." The shark was loosed from the rope and...

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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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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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