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Great whites and basking sharks New Zealand near threatened

AUCKLAND (New Zealand)- The New Zealand government has listed two species of shark in its waters as ‘near threatened’: great whites and basking sharks. This is a negative shift from their previous “at risk” status in the last conservation report published in 2005. The report, called The New Zealand Threat Classification System, updates the conservation status of 113 species or […]

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Basking sharks filmed by drones

ISLE OF MULL (SCOTLAND)- The summer in Scotland is famed for watching basking sharks. These gentle sharks come close to the shores in the summer months in large numbers to look for a mate. Isle of Mull-based Sea Life Surveys said it had observed about 100 of the creatures off Coll. They have filmed the gentle giants from the air […]

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Tracking basking sharks

ISLE OF SKYE (SCOTLAND)- A new research program tracks basking sharks of the west coast of Scotland. This region is a hotspot for the great gentle giants of these cold waters. The data will be used for the assessment of the region as a potential marine reserve. Basking sharks appear every summer around the isles off the west coast of […]

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Irish basking shark in Africa

DONEGAL (NORTHERN IRELAND)- A five meter basking shark which swims off the Donegal coast of Northern Ireland in summer has been tracked over 3000 miles south off the western coast.  It is the first time it has been confirmed where the sharks travel to for the northern hemisphere winter. The shark spends its summers in the waters in Lough Foyle […]

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New Zealand protects whitetip

AUCKLAND (NEW ZEALAND)-  From early next year, the deliberate catching of oceanic whitetip sharks will become illegal in New Zealand waters, the government announced Thursday. Whitetip sharks are to get the same protected status under New Zealand’s 1953 Wildlife Act as the great white shark and basking shark. According to Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson international research showed the species  facing high […]

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