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Curtin researchers to hide our splashes from sharks

Curtin researchers to hide our splashes from sharks

Media Release Curtin University 21. January 2014 ——————- Curtin University researchers will attempt to “mask” the noise of swimmers from sharks after receiving a grant from the State Government’s Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy. The project, led by Dr Christine Erbe at Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology, will first look at characterising noises produced

Whaler shark study to help inform management arrangements

Whaler shark study to help inform management arrangements

Media Release NSW Department of Primary Industries 20. January 2014 ——————– A study investigating ways to reduce unwanted catch and any environmental impacts of the large shark fishery in NSW is continuing with a number of tagged sharks being monitored in ocean waters. The study will be led by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Elephant shark genome provides new insights into bone formation and adaptive immunity in humans

Elephant shark genome provides new insights into bone formation and adaptive immunity in humans

Press Release Singapore Government Agency For Science Technology And Research (ASTAR) 12. January 2014 —————– ASTAR-led international consortium completely decodes the first shark-family member genome Scientists at ASTAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) led an international team of researchers that sequenced and analysed the genome of the elephant shark.  A comparison of the

White sharks can live for 70 years and longer

White sharks can live for 70 years and longer

Adult white sharks, also known as great whites, may live far longer than previously thought, according to a new study that used radiocarbon dating to determine age estimates for white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.

$967,000 awarded to shark mitigation research in WA

$967,000 awarded to shark mitigation research in WA

Ministerial Media Statement Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA 31. December 2013 ————————— Research funding part of State Government’s Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy Western Australian company to develop surfboard shark deterrent Acoustic detection and tracking of sharks Research into disguising beachgoer activity from sharks Discovering the cues that trigger shark attacks A Western Australian company and

New genetic research finds shark, human proteins stunningly similar

New genetic research finds shark, human proteins stunningly similar

Press Release Cornell University 05. December 2013 ———————– By Joe Schwartz ITHACA, N.Y. — Despite widespread fascination with sharks, the world’s oldest ocean predators have long been a genetic mystery. The first deep dive into a great white shark’s genetic code has fished up big surprises behind a design so effective it has barely changed

Living Manta Ray Hybrid found in the Red Sea

Living Manta Ray Hybrid found in the Red Sea

News Release The Cousteau Society 22. October 2013 ———————- LIVING MANTA RAY HYBRID FOUND IN THE SUDANESE RED SEA – FIRST RECORD IN THE WORLD! The first hybrid Manta ray has been identified off the Red Sea coast of Sudan following a pioneering research trip in late 2012 carried out by scientists from The Cousteau

Securing the future for Australia’s sharks

Securing the future for Australia’s sharks

News Release James Cook University First published September 27, 2013 —————————- Researchers from James Cook University are leading a new project designed to ensure sustainable use and conservation of Australia’s sharks and rays. Funded by the Australian Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation the project will provide a report card on the status of all

Shark antibodies could provide key to targeting breast cancer

Shark antibodies could provide key to targeting breast cancer

News Release University of Aberdeen 26. September 2013 Aberdeen scientists are investigating if antibodies found naturally in sharks could be used to target breast cancer. AICR, the Scottish cancer research charity, has awarded biologists from the University of Aberdeen a grant of over £200,000 to analyse if IgNAR – a special antibody found only in

New project may give insights into the evolution of human teeth

New project may give insights into the evolution of human teeth

Press Release Natural Environment Research Council 20. September 2013 ————————— NERC has agreed to fund a project worth nearly £680k to investigate how teeth evolved in our earliest ancestors. The three-year project could give researchers a new insight into the evolution and development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth – called dentition. It

Sharks increase reef resilience

Sharks increase reef resilience

Media Release The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) 18. September 2013 —————————- Healthy shark populations may aid the recovery of coral reefs whose futures are threatened throughout the globe, according to a new study from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). The link has been found by long-term monitoring of reefs off Australia’s

Newly discovered tiger shark migration pattern might explain attacks near Hawaii

Newly discovered tiger shark migration pattern might explain attacks near Hawaii

The migration of mature female tiger sharks during late summer and fall to the main Hawaiian Islands, presumably to give birth, could provide insight into attacks in that area, according to a University of Florida scientist.

Secret life of shy skates investigated in world-first study

Secret life of shy skates investigated in world-first study

News Release University of Tasmania, Australia 26. August 2013 ———————– The first major study into the elusive Maugean skate is being undertaken by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) The Maugean skate is known from only two localities, Macquarie Harbour and Bathurst Harbour in western Tasmania and because of this

Gillnet Fishing has ‘Modest’ Impact on Young Great White Sharks in Southern California

Gillnet Fishing has ‘Modest’ Impact on Young Great White Sharks in Southern California

News Release California State University Long Beach 26. August 2013 ———————– CSULB-Led Study Concludes Gillnet Fishing has ‘Modest’ Impact on Young Great White Sharks in Southern California By  Anne Ambrose Commercial gillnet fishing in Southern California’s coastal waters “modestly” affects young great white sharks, and the survival rate for sharks that are accidentally caught in gillnets

Largest-Ever Study of the World’s Largest Fish

Largest-Ever Study of the World’s Largest Fish

The largest-ever scientific study of whale sharks — the world’s biggest fish — was published in the journal PLOS ONE Wednesday, Aug. 21 by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and collaborators from Mexico. The study reveals the sharks’ international journeys and their relationship to the largest whale shark feeding hotspot known to science.