Category Archives: Research

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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How do Scalloped hammerheads do it?

COCOS ISLANDS (Costa Rica)- The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark mates in parts of the ocean where there is a high current. The sharks possibly ‘do it’ there in favor of respiration while they’re at it. This is one of the conclusions that researchers of the Charles Darwin Research Center of Ecuador found while doing research in the Isla del Coco […]

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New glow-in-the-dark shark species discovered

Like finding a needle in a haystack. This summer a team of scientists discovered a new species of shark measuring less than a foot long and weighing under 2 pounds full-grown. This miniature, “glow-in-the-dark” shark is a member of the Lanternshark family (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae), which was serendipitously found 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Northwestern […]

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Port Jackson sharks really are long-distance travellers

JERVIS BAY (Australia)- Port Jackson sharks, those small and friendly looking sharks that often just hang out on the bottom or easily cruise along the reefs. Who would have expected that these guys can travel thousands of kilometers just to mate? Shark researcher Johann Mourier writes about the research in Jervis Bay, New South Wales (Australia) that he worked on. The BEEF lab […]

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