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Sharks worth more in the ocean than on the menu

Sharks worth more in the ocean than on the menu

Media Release The University of British Columbia 30. May 2013 ——————– Sharks are worth more in the ocean than in a bowl of soup, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia. A new study, published today in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, shows that shark ecotourism currently generates more than US$314

Research identifies snag in shark conservation

Research identifies snag in shark conservation

News Release Charles Darwin University 21. May 2013 ——————————– A case of mistaken identity for sharks found in Northern Territory waters could be preventing the conservation of some species from environmental change. Research by a Charles Darwin University postgraduate student has revealed the growing trend of pooling similar species in conservation strategies as insufficient to

Young Great White Sharks in So Cal Have High Contaminant Levels in Them

Young Great White Sharks in So Cal Have High Contaminant Levels in Them

The ocean off Southern California is a known birthing ground for great white sharks. It also holds toxic chemical concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the insecticide DDT that were dumped into coastal waters decades ago, especially off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Feeding habits of Ningaloo stingrays in the spotlight

Feeding habits of Ningaloo stingrays in the spotlight

News Release Murdoch University 06. May 2013 ——————— A new study has shed light on the diets and feeding habits of Ningaloo’s stingrays, information which has never been documented before. “As meso-predators, stingrays are an important link between the top and bottom of the food chain,” said Dr Owen O’Shea, of Murdoch University and the

New eco study looks at Great white shark behavior

New eco study looks at Great white shark behavior

In a new study published in PLOS ONE titled, "White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) scavenging on whales and its potential role in further shaping the ecology of an apex predator," Captain Chris Fallows from Apex Expeditions collaborated with University of Miami (UM) scientists Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and Austin Gallagher, to explore the behaviors of Great white sharks scavenging on dead...

Shark tooth weapons reveal missing shark species in Central Pacific islands

Shark tooth weapons reveal missing shark species in Central Pacific islands

Press Release Public Library of Science 3-Apr-2013 19th c. shark tooth weapons reveal 2 shark species no longer native to Gilbert Islands The Gilbert Island reefs in the Central Pacific were once home to two species of sharks not previously reported in historic records or contemporary studies. The species were discovered in a new analysis

Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark

Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark

News Release Michigan State University March 25, 2013 Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark. The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, found in the Gulf of Mexico April 7, 2011, was a single shark with two heads, rather than

New research shows white sharks have a larger appetite than originally thought

New research shows white sharks have a larger appetite than originally thought

A ground-breaking new study challenges popular assumptions about the feeding behaviour of the world's largest predatory fish, the white shark. The research, which has been published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports, suggests that white sharks may have much higher energy needs than previously thought.

Mystery sharks off Rottnest shed new light on species

Mystery sharks off Rottnest shed new light on species

News Release The University of Western Australia 28. February 2013 ———————— The discovery of two sharks never seen before in Australian waters is set to re-write scientists’ understanding of the species. Shark biologist Ryan Kempster, of The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute, said the rare sharks were caught off Rottnest Island two years ago

New research on migratory behavior of oceanic whitetip sharks can help shape conservation strategies

New research on migratory behavior of oceanic whitetip sharks can help shape conservation strategies

News Release The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science 20. February 2013 ———————— Some sharks spend extended time periods in the protected waters of The Bahamas yet roam long distances when they leave. STONY BROOK, NY, February 20, 2013 – As the nations of the world prepare to vote on measures to restrict international trade in

Lufthansa tests the effects of shark skin in flight

Lufthansa tests the effects of shark skin in flight

Press Release Deutsche Lufthansa AG Media Relations Lufthansa Group 05. February 2013 Key phrase of the week: Learning from nature Two Lufthansa Airbus A340-300s are taking part in a very special mission as part of a trial scheduled to run until summer 2013. Eight 10 x 10 cm test patches have been placed on the

Caterpillar to Sponsor OCEARCH, Performing Global Shark Research on the Ocean

Caterpillar to Sponsor OCEARCH, Performing Global Shark Research on the Ocean

Press Release Caterpillar Inc. 14. February 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sponsorship will help fund sustainable marine practices to further research on sharks—a key member of the ocean’s ecological system PEORIA, Ill.—Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) and OCEARCH have agreed to a multi-year partnership that will help propel the OCEARCH organization’s global research on sharks. OCEARCH has led

Scientists using holiday snaps to identify whale sharks

Scientists using holiday snaps to identify whale sharks

News Release Imperial College London 31. January 2013 Holidaymakers’ photos could help scientists track the movements of giant endangered sharks living in the waters of the Indian Ocean. A new study, led by a researcher from Imperial College London, is the first to show that these publically sourced photographs are suitable for use in conservation

Funding for Aberdeen research using shark immune systems to develop drugs

Funding for Aberdeen research using shark immune systems to develop drugs

News Release University of Aberdeen 06 February 2013 ————————— Pioneering drug discovery gets major funding to move to next stage A pioneering drug development team at the University of Aberdeen has received a £1.5M funding boost to accelerate the progress of multiple novel drug leads to tackle cancer and diseases such as debilitating inflammatory conditions

Taking a Bite at the Shark Bite

Taking a Bite at the Shark Bite

News Release Nova Southeastern University Friday, February 1st, 2013 ———————————— NSU researchers study the bacteria of a shark’s mouth to improve medical treatment for shark bite victims FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. — Researchers from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) are conducting a unique scientific study of bacteria found in the mouths of sharks to develop better medical

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