How important is shark poop for coral reefs?

grey reef sharks. photo: USFWS - Pacific Region:Flickr Creative Commons

PALMYRA ATOLL (HAWAII)- It is not the first subject that comes to mind when you think of sharks. But yes, the apex predators also defecate. And guess what, this turns out to be very healthy for coral reefs. A recent paper published last month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows how shark poop can be a an important source of fertilizer for […]

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Swimming with hand-fed whale sharks: a guilty pleasure

Baby whale shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Drew and Marissa.

OSLOB (PHILIPPINES)- Over 250,000 tourists a year come to Oslob, Cebu, in the Philippines to experience swimming with the world’s largest sharks: whale sharks. Despite the moral and ethical issues of hand-feeding these endangered sharks for tourist purposes, tourists keep coming to Oslob. That is the conclusion of a new scientific study published in the journal Tourism Management. Wildlife Tourism […]

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88 Shark attacks worldwide in 2017

Great White (Tinker) breaching at Neptune islands, South Australia. photo: Michael Fontenot/Flickr Creative Commons.

Scared to go back into the ocean? Not from being attacked by a shark. The chances for this are very small. In 2017 five people worldwide lost their lives while swimming or surfing after an unprovoked attack of a shark. Think of the millions of people that go swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and other water sports every year. In 2017 the […]

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New shark species confirmed in Atlantic

Bluntnose Sixgill Shark. Photo: Oceana.

Sixgill sharks that live in the Atlantic Ocean are different from their relatives that live in the Indian Ocean. A team of scientists led by Florida Institute of Technology’s Toby Daly-Engel confirmed this after genetic testing. So we welcome the Atlantic Sixgill Shark to the large family of shark species. Using 1,310 base pairs of two mitochondrial genes, Daly-Engel, an […]

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