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88 Worldwide shark attacks in 2017

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GAINESVILLE (USA)- Millions of people enjoy the ocean every year, surfing, swimming, kayaking. Of them, 88 were attacked by a shark last year. Only 5 of these attacks were fatal. The University of Florida International Shark Attack File calls it “just an average year.” At the same time we humans kill 100 million sharks and rays annually. While the 88 […]

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Do sharks also eat vegetables?

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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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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 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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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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