Tag Archives: Research

Shark fin soup threat to brain health

MIAMI (USA)- Shark fin soup, still more popular than ever, is not only dangerous for the shark populations worldwide, it also endangers the brain health of the people  that eat the soup. Scientists of the University of Miami neurotoxin in the soup. University of Miami (UM) scientists discovered high concentrations of neurotoxin BMAA in shark fins, linked with neurodegenerative diseases such […]

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Tiger sharks in Gulf eat land birds

DAUPHIN ISLAND (USA)- Not just marine animals but also woodpeckers, swallows, tanagers, meadowlarks and other land birds are found in the stomachs of tiger sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. Could Gulf of Mexico oil platforms be turning migratory birds into shark snacks? That’s what a nonprofit bird conservation group is suggesting. A new study into the diets of Gulf tiger sharks found […]

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Four new shark species found

UTRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS)- 2011 was a remarkable year in proving how rich the natural diversity really is, despite all animals that are on the verge of extinction.Academy research associate David Ebert and his colleagues at the California Academy of Sciences described this past year four new species of sharks.  The African dwarf sawshark (Pristiophorus nancyae) was collected via a bottom trawl at a […]

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Shark Shield under investigation

PORT LINCOLN (AUSTRALIA)-RAW data has finished being collected for a study investigating the effectiveness of shark repellant device Shark Shield. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) study is looking into the effectiveness of the Shark Shield, which many divers and surfers use in the water to repel sharks. Port Lincoln abalone diver Peter Clarkson was taken by two […]

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Baby threshers under study

SAN DIEGO (USA)- Before dawn last week, the crew of the fishing boat Outer Banks set four miles of long-lines off San Diego Harbor, angling for a good catch of young thresher sharks in hopes of preserving the fishery. Through an annual study, scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service capture, tag and track thresher sharks —- a popular commercial […]

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