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Sharks can help prevent climate change

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

BOURNEMOUTH (UK)- They help balance the ecosystems in the ocean, and can possibly help with a cure for cancer. Now they sharks also turn out to play an important role in preventing climate change, so say scientists of the British Bournemouth University. ‘Overfishing and shark finning may result on more greenhouse gasses and increased climate change.’  Researchers from the Department of […]

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Japanese fishermen hook Megamouth shark

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It is one of the most amazing sharks of them all: the megamouth. A deep water shark with, as its name suggest, as huge impressive mouth. Japanese fishermen caught one as bycatch yesterday near the Mie Prefecture around three miles off the Owase Port. It is estimated the shark weighed around one ton (907kg) and was around 5 metres long. […]

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Sharks caught in Cayman waters, despite new law

Reefs of Cayman Islands. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Ray Bodden.

GEORGETOWN (CAYMAN ISLANDS)- Last april a new law forbids the fishing of sharks in Cayman waters. Yet fishermen are continuing to illegally catch and kill these creatures despite the protection afforded them by the National Conservation Law. The National Conservation Law provisions protecting certain species, including sharks, in the Cayman Islands went into effect this year on Earth Day (22 […]

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US: Porbeagle may be endangered species

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PORTLAND (USA)- US federal regulators are reviewing the status of the porbeagle shark to determine if listing the species under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The regulators say the porbeagle sharks are threatened by the shark fin trade and bycatch from other fisheries. They are popular as meat and with game fishermen. At the moment porbeagles have the status vulnerable, as […]

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Video: Shark scares spring breakers out of water

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH (USA)- Spring breakers at Jacksonville Beach, Florida were scared out of the water by a bull shark that came just meters away from the beach. The shark was caught by a fisherman who was angling from the local pier. Bystanders are yelling the fisherman to let the shark go.   video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Tweet

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Costa Rica wants to export 1200 kg hammerhead fins

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SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA)- Government officials and environmentalists in Costa Rica are in disagreement on what to do with more than 1,200 kilograms of shark fins — the equivalent of about 2,000 hammerhead sharks — allegedly caught as bycatch and set to be exported to Asia. The disagreement extends to regulations published in February that environmentalists contend further threaten dwindling and […]

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Frilled shark caught in Australia

Frilled shark, filmed swimming in Japan.

LAKES ENTRANCE (AUSTRALIA)- It is not a shark which is often seen: the prehistoric looking frilled shark. Fishermen off southeastern Victoria, Australia caught one on their trawler near Lakes Entrance in the state’s Gippsland region. The frilled shark is hardly ever seen, regarded as a living fossil and has an ancestry which dates back 80 million years. According to the […]

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