Shark researchers size up real 'Megalodon' for first time

A study reveals true scale of the prehistoric mega-shark made famous in Jason Statham's The Meg.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils sharks palaeontology swansea-university university-of-bristol swansea

Ecuador on alert over huge Chinese fishing fleet off Galapagos Islands

Ecuador is on alert due to the appearance of a fleet of fishing vessels off the Galapagos Islands.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 29, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: china sharks endangered-species ecuador fishing-industry

Sharks are disappearing from the world’s oceans

A new study of shark populations in 58 countries around the world detected none in almost 20% of the locations surveyed.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation fish sharks fishing coral-reefs oceans endangered-species earth-and-environment

Scientists at work: Uncovering the mystery of when and where sharks give birth

Researchers are using a newly developed satellite tag to study previously unknown aspects of tiger shark reproduction. This approach could be used on other difficult-to-study shark species.

Hannah Verkamp, PhD Student in Marine Biology, Arizona State University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: reproduction conservation sharks wildlife scientists-at-work oceans marine-biology tagging endangered-species tiger-sharks women-scientists satellite-data the-bahamas

Nuclear traces reveal the ages of whale sharks

Scientists used a measure of lingering radioactivity from nuclear explosions to estimate the age of whale sharks, an endangered species.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sharks bones endangered-species science-and-technology earth-and-environment radioactivity

Tagging data show that blue sharks are true globalists

You won't see a blue shark near the beach, but thanks to 50 years of tagging data, scientists are learning about their wide-ranging lives at sea.

Jasmin Graham, Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Science, Florida State University • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  fisheries  sharks  noaa  oceans  marine-biology  tagging  significant-figures

We've just discovered two new shark species – but they may already be threatened by fishing

Scientists thought there was only one sixgill sawshark species – until now.

Andrew Temple, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Biology, Newcastle University • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  sharks  sawfish  madagascar  zanzibar  new-species  marine-biodiversity  wildlife-monitoring  small-scale-fisheries  fishery-management

‘Walking sharks’ use their fins to stroll around

The "ability to withstand low oxygen environments and walk on their fins gives them a remarkable edge over their prey of small crustaceans and mollusks."

U. Queensland • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: sharks walking new-species featured science-and-technology

Shark attacks were ‘unusually low’ in 2019

Shark attacks in 2019 were unusually low for the second year running, but the elusive foot-long cookiecutter shark scored a personal best with three.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sharks beaches oceans science-and-technology recreation

Sharks and rays to be given new international protections

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year, many for shark fin soup.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 25, 2019 ~2 min

Tags:  sharks

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