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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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Are sharks being attacked by killer whales off Cape Town’s coast?

Large, predatory sharks occupy the top of ocean food chains, where they play important roles in maintaining diverse and healthy ecosystems. The loss of these predators can therefore have significant impacts on ecosystems. Morne Hardenberg/Shark Explorers By Alison Kock, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and Tamlyn Engelbrecht, University of Cape Town Sevengill sharks For a long time broadnose sevengill […]

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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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Sharks cause stressful lives for seals, new study finds

CAPE TOWN (South Africa)- A little added stress may be helpful to flee a dangerous situation, or to meet an approaching deadline. But what if you continuously live in stressful situations, where in the lurky cold waters the great white death awaits you? Researchers of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that Cape […]

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24 Countries secretly catch sharks

CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA)- Up to 24 countries may be catching sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea but failing to report these catches, as is legally required by the Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). A new report by Oceana revealed these secret catches, based on Hong Kong shark fin trade data and other sources. The […]

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Shark attacks snorkeling man

JEFFREYS BAY (SOUTH AFRICA)- A 74-year old man was killed while snorkeling off the coast of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa by what is believed to be a great white. The man was an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffreys Bay. He was snorkelling in a popular surfing area at the Eastern Cape of South Africa […]

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