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Category: Sharks & Rays
Fears are Confirmed… Whale Sharks Can’t Avoid BP Oil Spill

In the past week, scientists have been cheering at their discovery of what appears to be one of the biggest whale shark groups ever seen in the northern Gulf of Mexico. There were 100 of the amazing creatures feeding on the surface over a deepwater feature known as Ewing Bank, which is located off of Louisiana.

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Why does the thresher shark have such a large tail?
Tresher shark

The thresher sharks belong to genus Alopias and are famous for their huge caudal fin. In some members of this group, the caudal fin is as long as the rest of the body. Even the name of the genus, Alopias, is a reference to this distinctive body part – alopex is the Greek word for fox.

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Shark baby found dead in public restroom

According to NBC News Channel, someone has placed a shark pup on top of a toilet in a public restroom in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Shark pups born out of mother’s wound

Eight School shark pups have been born at the Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, after their mother was wounded by a Broadnose Sevengill shark.

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White shark released back into the wild by Monterey Bay Aquarium

After being exhibited for two months at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a young female white shark was released back into the ocean Wednesday this week.

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Shark pups feed off their own livers

In order to survive until it becomes a skilled hunter, a shark pups is born with an enlarged “super liver” that functions as a food source for several months.

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Capture of Mako shark off Florida sharply criticized online

Florida anglers are being sharply criticized after a video of them free-gaffing a Mako shark off South Florida this week was made public on the Internet.

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Maldives bans reef shark fishing by March 2010

The Maldives is planning to ban shark fishing in its waters, a move which would make the Maldives the first nation in the region to enact such a protective law.

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When opposites won’t attract; same-colour medakas preferentially selective for each other

An international team of researchers have shown how one single gene mutation is capable of making the medaka, a Japanese killifish, loose its attractive colours and display a drab grey colour which renders them significantly less attractive to medakas of the opposite sex – unless that potential mate is grey too.

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Tiny island nation creates world’s first shark sanctuary

The world’s first shark sanctuary will be created by Palau, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean.

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New species of shark found in Californian waters; male has retractable sexual appendages on the forehead

For the first time since 1947, a new species of cartilaginous fish has been described from Californian waters. The new species – Hydrolagus melanophasma – belongs to a group of sharks known as Chimaeras or ghostsharks.

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Whale sharks sightings on the increase in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientists say they are baffled by the large number of whale shark sightings reported this summer in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Reports have been pouring in from all over; from Clearwater to the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana coasts.

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Sharks may be used as biofuel

Thousands of Greenland sharks get caught and die in nest off Greenland each year, but their meat is toxic to humans and the carcasses are therefore thrown back into the sea.

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Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

When the writers of the movie “Shark Attack 3: Megalodon” decided they needed a book on sharks to set the stage for their newest b-flick, they didn’t make up a phoney professor and write the necessary lines on their own. Instead, they used a very real book written by a very real Manhattan based marine conservationists

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Shark on the move

Larry, a 3-foot-long Tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus) has been moved from his cramped dwellings in a Burbank pet store to the Birch Aquarium, a public aquarium and museum capable of offering him much more spacious accommodations. The Birch Aquarium is a part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, which in turn is part of the University of California in San Diego.

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