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Sixgill Shark caught in Martinique

Sixgill Shark caught in Martinique

Date: 02 August, 2011. Location: Fond Lahaye, Schoelcher, Martinique. Species: Bluntnose sixgill shark ( Hexanchus griseus ). Size: reported to be ca. 5 metres in length ( over 600 kg ). Source : France-Antilles .  Photo Hdb.  

Great White Shark caught on drum line in South Africa

Great White Shark caught on drum line in South Africa

22 July 2011, by Dave Savides, Zululand Observer. A Great White shark weighing 345kg was hooked on a Sharks Board drum line off Alkantstrand on Saturday. Crew of the skiboat ‘Lady Cat’ noticed the floating buoy with its catch drifting in the water on the eastern side of Naval Island and towed it to the

Whale shark debuts at Japan aquarium as another goes free

Whale shark debuts at Japan aquarium as another goes free

 24 July 2011, Shark Year Magazine. The information site Asahi Shimbun is reporting that a new whale shark made its debut at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan on July 23. The female whale shark, named Yu-chan, was transported from Kochi Prefecture the day before. According to the aquarium operator ‘Osaka Waterfront Development Co.’, it’s the first

Shark Fishing Vessel captured in Galapagos

Shark Fishing Vessel captured in Galapagos

22 July 2011, Shark Year Magazine. The Galapagos National Park’s website is reporting that at least 357 sharks were found in the hold of the fishing vessel ‘ FER MARY I ‘, which was operating illegally in the Marine Reserve of the Galapagos Islands. On 18th July, the boat was intercepted southeast of Genovesa Island,

Great White Shark caught in Japan

Great White Shark caught in Japan

Date:  November 2010. Location: Tosashimizu, Kochi Prefecture, Japan. Species: Great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ). Size: over 4 metres in length. Source and Photo Credit: kaiyukan.com        

Great White Shark breaches into Research Boat in South Africa

Great White Shark breaches into Research Boat in South Africa

18 July 2011. Press Release published by ‘ Nosy Basset – Sunshine Coast Online ‘ Oceans Research Team gets a little too close for comfort Mossel Bay, 18 July, 2011: The Oceans Research team, a marine research organisation working in Mossel Bay, got the surprise of a lifetime today when a 3 meter great white

Cage-diving entities exposed to financial ruin

Cage-diving entities exposed to financial ruin

18 July 2011. Anna Majavu, Times Live. Directors of black-owned Great White Shark cage-diving companies say they’re losing their life savings they invested in their businesses because the government hasn’t given them the permits it promised. Cage diving – in which divers are lowered into the water inside protective cages to observe the predators in

European Union – Food Alert: Shark Products

European Union – Food Alert: Shark Products

Mercury in frozen blue shark steaks Cadmium in frozen blue shark steaks Mercury in white dogfish Portugal Italy Poland Thailand Senegal

Basking Shark caught in Norway

Basking Shark caught in Norway

Date: 09 July 2011. Location: Brenngam, Finnmark, Norway. Species: Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus). Size: reported to be 10 metres in length. The shark was accidentally caught in a salmon net. Source: finnmarken.no Photo Credit: Arild Olsen.    

Japan: Shark Cull in Okinawa

Japan: Shark Cull in Okinawa

In early July, a shark cull took place in the waters of the Yaeyama Islands. Yaeyama Fishery Cooperative caught 87 sharks with a total weight of approximately 11 tons

France: Dead Hammerhead Shark found in Mediterranean Sea

France: Dead Hammerhead Shark found in Mediterranean Sea

12 July 2011 According to the French media, the carcass of a big hammerhead shark (Sphyrna spp.) was found on the shore of a small cove at Cap Corse, a 40 km long peninsula located at the northern part of Corsica Island. The badly decomposed shark, which was reported to be 4 metres in length,

NZ Divers at risk from sharks

NZ Divers at risk from sharks

Southern paua divers are worried it will take someone being killed by a great white shark before the Government enforces restrictions on tourism dive operators.

Australia: Hammerhead shark beaches in Lake

Australia: Hammerhead shark beaches in Lake

10 July 2011 The Newcastle Herald is reporting that an approximately 9 foot (2.7 metre) long hammerhead shark beached itself at west Lake Macquarie. It’s Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The shark had a visible injury to its first doral fin and was thrashing in shallow

Sixgill Shark caught in the Azores Islands

Sixgill Shark caught in the Azores Islands

09 July 2011 A bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus) was caught in the waters of Graciosa Island recently. This Portuguese island is the northernmost of the Central Group (Grupo Central) of islands in the Azores. The capture was made by the two brothers Fernando and Lázaro Lima Pires da Silva on 06 July 2011. The

Sixgill Sharks caught in Spain

Sixgill Sharks caught in Spain

Date: reported on 06 July 2011. Location: Spain (Mediterranean Sea). A fisherman from Begur, a town in the province of Girona, made an impressive catch when he hauled up a big bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus). But the Spanish media has wrongly identified the shark as a basking shark (‘tiburon peregrino’ ). According to the

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