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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Hundreds of dead sharks found on Iranian island

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SHIF ISLAND (IRAN)- Another proof of the horror that comes with the fin trade. This week Iranian officials found hundreds of dead sharks with their fins sawed off on Shif Islan, in the Persian Gulf. Butchered and dropped finless but alive back into the sea. According to Hossein Delshab, an environmental official at the southern port city of Bushehr  poaching of sharks for their prized […]

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Tasmanian authorities concerned over rise of shark poachers

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HOBART (TASMANIA)- Authorities of the Australian island state Tasmania are alarmed at reports and evidence of illegal activity in the state’s shark refuge areas. More and more  fishers are posting photos of their catch while bragging on social media. In the past two years marine police have issued 27 shark-related fines for various offences committed, including taking sharks in a refuge […]

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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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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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New method for shark research: ‘No need to chase sharks anymore’

Basking shark off the coast of England, Porthcurno. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Candiche.

MANCHESTER (UK)- Forget about baiting, hooking and filming sharks for research. New methods are at rise. What about monitoring sharks through samples of seawater? Now a UK study, published in Scientific Reports, has shown it is possible to monitor these animals via environmental DNA (eDNA), whereby a sample of seawater can provide the identifiable ‘tracks’ of numerous species of shark. Like forensic detectives […]

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