Category Archives: Research

Do sharks also eat vegetables?

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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Sharks cause stressful lives for seals, new study finds

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

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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Sharks on top of the menu for alligators

MANHATTAN (USA)- Who’s got the biggest teeth? Sharks or alligators? Who’s the baddest? Kansas State University researchers found out that four species of sharks and stingrays are prominent on the menu of the big reptiles. While the sharks may not actually be as big as the great white or tiger shark, James Nifong, postdoctoral researcher with the Kansas Cooperative Fish […]

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