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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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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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Do sharks also eat vegetables?

bonnethead shark

MIAMI (USA)- If you think of sharks you think of apex predators, of hunters and fisheaters. Yet some shark species enjoy their veggies. Like Bonnethead sharks, a small species of hammerhead shark. Thanks to a special enzyme they can digest seagrass and live a flexitarian life.  Bonnethead shark can be found amongst others in the seagrass meadows in the Gulf of Mexico. […]

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Sharks cause stressful lives for seals, new study finds

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CAPE TOWN (South Africa)- A little added stress may be helpful to flee a dangerous situation, or to meet an approaching deadline. But what if you continuously live in stressful situations, where in the lurky cold waters the great white death awaits you? Researchers of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that Cape […]

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