Tag Archives: Pacific Ocean

New Zealand bans shark cage diving

AUCKLAND (NEW ZEALAND)- The Court of Appeal of New Zealand has ruled shark cage diving is an offence under the Wildlife Act, a move being welcomed by paua divers. Divers and tourists are less happy. With the ruling ends a long legal battle between paua (abalone) divers from Stewart Island and shark dive operators. Shark cage diving Shark diving began near […]

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Shark tourism can change your mind about these much-maligned predators

OAHU (HAWAII)- Shark ecotourism can change people’s attitudes about sharks and make them more likely to support conservation projects – even after allowing for the fact that ecotourists are more likely to be environmentally minded in the first place. Michele Barnes, James Cook University and Sarah Ruth Sutcliffe, James Cook University In our research, published in the journal Marine Policy, […]

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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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‘Shark Highway’ discovered in Pacific

COCOS ISLANDS (COSTA RICA)- Scientists have discovered a 500-mile-long “shark highway” right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, leading sharks, turtles and other marine animals from the Costa Rican Cocos Islands to the Galapagos Islands. They plan to turn it into a protected wildlife corridor in the ocean. The scientists knew that sharks migrate sometimes south to the Galapagos […]

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A safe haven for the Scalloped Hammerhead

PUERTO JIMENEZ (COSTA RICA)- A new sanctuary in the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica must give young Scalloped Hammerheads the opportunity to grow up in peace. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced earlier this month the designation of more than 10,000 acres of critical nursery habitat for this endangered shark species. It is thanks to the work of Rainforest Trust and its local […]

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Swimming with hand-fed whale sharks: a guilty pleasure

OSLOB (PHILIPPINES)- Over 250,000 tourists a year come to Oslob, Cebu, in the Philippines to experience swimming with the world’s largest sharks: whale sharks. Despite the moral and ethical issues of hand-feeding these endangered sharks for tourist purposes, tourists keep coming to Oslob. That is the conclusion of a new scientific study published in the journal Tourism Management. Wildlife Tourism […]

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