Category Archives: Shark sightings

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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Scientists discover hidden nursery for hammerheads

Hammerhead in Durban aquarium. Photo: Cristiano Deana/Flickr Creative Commons.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (ECUADOR)- In the waters surrounding the remote archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuadorian scientists has discovered a hammerhead shark nursery where they have been born and sheltered for nearly a million years. The Galapagos Islands lie in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers off South America’s Pacific coast. This unique area is famous for its […]

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Shipwreck divers face rare Bluntnose Sixgill Shark

Bluntnose Sixgill Shark. Photo: Oceana.

ORMOC BAY (PHILIPPINES)- A shark you don’t meet everyday. Researchers from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s research ship, RV Petrel captured rare footage of an elusive bluntnose six gill shark, while exploring a wreck off the coast of the Philippines earlier this month. Using cameras on their remotely operated submersible vehicle to learn more about the shipwreck they suddenly saw something coming out of the deep […]

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New Zealand can expect more great whites, scientists predict

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INVERCARGILL (New Zealand)- With summer starting down under, scientists warn that New Zealanders face an influx of great white shark sightings in the coming months, as the warmer sea temperatures bring sharks and swimmers together. Great white sharks have already been spotted in New Zealand’s waters. A Kiwi surfer told Newshub he was surfing near Invercargill when he spotted a great white about two-and-a-half to […]

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Rare frilled shark caught in Portugal

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ALBUFEIRA (PORTUGAL)- ‘Living fossils’, ‘sea serpents’. Frilled Sharks are the stuff of legends. Not often do we come across them. One species was caught this week by a research trawler off the coast of the Algarve, southern Portugal, the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) said in a statement.  The 1,5 meter larger shark, was a male and […]

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New glow-in-the-dark shark species discovered

Stephen M. Kajiura, Ph.D., study co-author, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Elasmobranch Research Laboratory in FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science shows the newly discovered shark.

Like finding a needle in a haystack. This summer a team of scientists discovered a new species of shark measuring less than a foot long and weighing under 2 pounds full-grown. This miniature, “glow-in-the-dark” shark is a member of the Lanternshark family (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae), which was serendipitously found 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Northwestern […]

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Port Jackson sharks really are long-distance travellers

Port Jackson shark. Photo: Klaus Stiefel:Flickr Creative Commons

JERVIS BAY (Australia)- Port Jackson sharks, those small and friendly looking sharks that often just hang out on the bottom or easily cruise along the reefs. Who would have expected that these guys can travel thousands of kilometers just to mate? Shark researcher Johann Mourier writes about the research in Jervis Bay, New South Wales (Australia) that he worked on. The BEEF lab […]

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