Tag Archives: Pacific Ocean

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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USA Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Despite Trump’s Reported Fears 

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WASHINGTON (USA)— The US National Marine Fisheries Service this week protected the oceanic whitetip shark as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The decision recognized threats from overfishing and bycatch in pelagic longline fishing gear as major reasons for drastic population declines.  The listing responds to a petition from Defenders of Wildlife, with support from the Center for Biological Diversity, seeking federal protections of […]

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Scientists discover hidden nursery for hammerheads

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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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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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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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