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Alarmbells for endangered mako sharks

LONDON (UK)- One of the fastest shark species of the world has seen a decline of 60% in the Atlantic over about 75 years. IUCN warns for the threatening extinction of the shortfin mako shark in the Atlantic Ocean. Its cousin the Longfin Mako Shark has also been assessed as an Endangered Species. Makos migrate great distances, don’t reproduce until […]

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Trends in global shark attacks mapped

BATON ROUGE (USA)- Shark attacks across the globe have doubled in the last 20 years, according to a new study , led by Louisiana State University Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Stephen Midway . Yet the rate of attack is low and the risk of being attacked by a shark is highly variable across the globe.  A […]

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Madagascar is a hotspot for whale sharks

ANTANANARIVO (MADAGASCAR)-The isolated island continent of Madagascar is a hotspot for whale sharks. This was confirmed by a new study published in the journal Endangered Species Research this summer. It  revealed that juvenile whale sharks swim to Madagascar to feed. 85 individual sharks were identified in a single season using photographs of their distinctive spot patterns. Nutrient-rich waters An isolated […]

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In search of great whites in Canadian waters

HALIFAX (CANADA)-Great whites in Canada? Yeah for sure. Research group Ocearch is starting a research expedition next week in Nova Scotia, the east coast province of Canada. The researchers are looking for name suggestions for the sharks they find lurking in these cold waters. Ocearch is famous for tagging and tracking the great-white-darling Hilton’s visits to Nova Scotia recently. Great […]

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How important is shark poop for coral reefs?

PALMYRA ATOLL (HAWAII)- It is not the first subject that comes to mind when you think of sharks. But yes, the apex predators also defecate. And guess what, this turns out to be very healthy for coral reefs. A recent paper published last month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows how shark poop can be a an important source of fertilizer for […]

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88 Shark attacks worldwide in 2017

Scared to go back into the ocean? Not from being attacked by a shark. The chances for this are very small. In 2017 five people worldwide lost their lives while swimming or surfing after an unprovoked attack of a shark. Think of the millions of people that go swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and other water sports every year. In 2017 the […]

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