Making a megalodon: the evolving science behind estimating the size of the largest ever killer shark
WASHINGTON DC (USA)- The giant prehistoric Carcharocles megalodon (or Otodus megalodon for some researchers) was the largest predatory shark to ever swim in Earth’s seas. Scientific evidence points to megalodon having lived between 16 million and 2.6 million years ago, going extinct at the end of the Pliocene Epoch whenContinue Reading
Swimmer killed by tiger shark in New Caledonia.
MAITRE ISLET (New Caledonia)- A 57-year-old man has died after a shark attack off an island in New Caledonia on February 28th. The amateur yachtsman was swimming near his moored boat off Maitre islet in the French Pacific territory when the incident happened. The investigation is ongoing but it is believed thatContinue Reading
Researchers discover three species of ‘glowing’ sharks
WELLINGTON (New Zealand)- Researchers of the from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand have discovered that three deep-sea species glow in the dark. Including the Kitefin Shark, which is now officially known as the argest-known luminous vertebrate. Glow inContinue Reading
Social distancing help sharks live together in harmony
ST. JOSEPH ATOLL (Seychelles)- Going after the same prey, but not after each other. Sicklefin lemon and blacktip reef sharks hunt the same bony fishes, crustaceans, molluscs and rays on the atoll of St. Joseph in the Seychelles. Yet they manage to live together in harmony in the confined space of aContinue Reading
Nighttime is Sicklefin Lemon Shark time!
ST.JOSEPH ATOLL (SEYCHELLES)- How do different effects of tides, temperature and time of day affect the behavior of Sicklefin Lemon Sharks (Negaprion acutidens)? A research by Save Our Seas Foundation shows how the sharks become more active at nighttime. The study was done in the tidal waters surrounding a theContinue Reading
Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals’ development
COVENTRY (UK)- The biggest fish in the ocean, whale sharks, are incredible animals. They can reach lengths of over 18 metres and weigh more than 19,000kg. Each shark has a unique pattern of spots on its body, like a fingerprint. The number of whale sharks in our oceans has been inContinue Reading
Oceanic sharks and rays have declined by 71% since 1970 – a global solution is needed
Oceanic sharks and rays live so far from land that the average person is unlikely to ever see them. But these species, which live in the vast open ocean, are also among the most revered, and include the great white shark and the giant manta ray. For millennia, their remotenessContinue Reading