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Aquarium-led landmark study finds some shark species are tougher than others when it comes to surviving catch and release

Aquarium-led landmark study finds some shark species are tougher than others when it comes to surviving catch and release

Press Release New England Aquarium 15. September 2021 — — — —- — — — BOSTON, MASS. (Sept. 15, 2021) – A new landmark study of over 300 sharks found that some species are extremely resilient to the stress of being caught and released in commercial longline fisheries while other species are much more likely

‘Get out of the water!’ Monster shark movies massacre shark conservation

‘Get out of the water!’ Monster shark movies massacre shark conservation

News Release University of South Australia 14 July 2021 — — — — — — Undeniably the shark movie to end all shark movies, the 1975 blockbuster, Jaws, not only smashed box office expectations, but forever changed the way we felt about going into the water – and how we think about sharks. Now, more

Why are some fish warm-blooded? Research points to a crucial speed advantage

Why are some fish warm-blooded? Research points to a crucial speed advantage

News Release Trinity College Dublin 1st July 2021 — — — — — — — — New research from marine biologists offers answers to a fundamental puzzle that had until now remained unsolved: why are some fish warm-blooded when most are not? It turns out that while (warm-blooded) fish able to regulate their own body

New guides to bolster shark and ray research and species identification in Southeast Asia

New guides to bolster shark and ray research and species identification in Southeast Asia

Press Release Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 27. April 2021 — — — — — — — The CITES Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) have jointly published two guides to facilitate the identification of shark and ray species common in

14.5 million-year-old shark-attack on manatee documents oldest predator-prey interaction

14.5 million-year-old shark-attack on manatee documents oldest predator-prey interaction

Press Release Naturhistorisches Museum Wien 06. April 2021 — — — — — — — Researcher of the NHM Vienna identified a fossilized skeleton of a manatee. The bones bear rare fossil bite marks and teeth of a tiger shark were also found next to the skeleton. What do these fossils tell us about life

Older than expected: Teeth reveal the origin of the tiger shark

Older than expected: Teeth reveal the origin of the tiger shark

Press Release Universität Wien 24. March 2021 — — — — — — — — — With a total length of up to 5.5m, the tiger shark is one of the largest predatory sharks known today. This shark is a cosmopolitan species occurring in all oceans worldwide. It is characterized by a striped pattern on

Southern Africa’s Most Endangered Shark Just Extended its Range by 2,000 Kilometers

Southern Africa’s Most Endangered Shark Just Extended its Range by 2,000 Kilometers

Press Release The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) 26. January 2021 —- —- —- —- — — — —- A team of marine scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has confirmed that southern Africa’s most threatened endemic shark – the Critically Endangered shorttail nurse shark (Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum) – has been found to occur in

Study estimates 200-plus white sharks breed each year

Study estimates 200-plus white sharks breed each year

News Release The University of Queensland 23 December 2020 — — — — — — — — — — — A study on the vulnerable white shark has shown that approximately 206 to 252 sharks breed on Australia’s east coast each year. The joint study involving The University of Queensland, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Stellenbosch University in South Africa

Lemon sharks – live fast, die young

Lemon sharks – live fast, die young

News Release Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) 29. July 2020 — — — — — — — Risk-taking individuals are expected to grow better but also die faster than the less explorative individuals. Such trade-offs can maintain multiple phenotypes in a population by allowing individuals with different behavioural strategies to achieve comparable

Cause for optimism over non-reef shark numbers off North West WA

Cause for optimism over non-reef shark numbers off North West WA

Media Release Department of Fisheries, Western Australia 29. July 2020 — — — — — — — — — Reliable information for population assessments is rare for sharks, but fisheries researchers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) have been building a data rich study of non-reef species since 2002. The latest

Tagged sand tiger shark recaptured after 26 years in South Africa

Tagged sand tiger shark recaptured after 26 years in South Africa

News Release ORI TAG (Oceanographic Research Institute) 07. April 2020 — — — — — — —- — On the 13th March 2020 a day in history was made for the ORI – Cooperative Fish Tagging Project. Our 1 014th raggedtooth shark (Carcharias taurus) was recaptured after spending an incredible 9 591 days (26.2 years),

Recreational fishers catching more sharks and rays

Recreational fishers catching more sharks and rays

Press Release The University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries 27. January 2020 — — — — — — — — — Recreational fishers are increasingly targeting sharks and rays, a situation that is causing concern among researchers. A new study by an international team of scientists reveals that recreational catches of

Sharp increase in Ningaloo whale shark injuries might be due to boat encounters

Sharp increase in Ningaloo whale shark injuries might be due to boat encounters

Press Release Australian Institute of Marine Science 24. January 2020 — — — — — — — — — — — — Scarring and major lacerations due to vessel collisions becoming more common, study finds. Almost one-fifth of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef Marine Park show major scarring or fin

Shark nets destructive and ineffective, study finds

Shark nets destructive and ineffective, study finds

Press Release University of Wollongong Australia (Story by Benjamin Long) 04. December 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — — A new study that looks at both the effectiveness of shark nets in keeping beachgoers safe and their destructive impact on marine life has concluded that their use should be

Shark proof wetsuit material could help save lives

Shark proof wetsuit material could help save lives

Press Release Flinders University, South Australia 20. November 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — A new wetsuit material tested by Flinders marine researchers can help reduce blood loss caused by shark bites, to reduce injuries and prevent the leading cause of death. The study published in Plos One tested