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True to its name, the whitetip reef shark sports shiny white tips on its dorsal and caudal fins. It enjoys nosing about in reef neighborhoods, and would rather cruise shallower waters not much deeper than 100 feet, but it can also be found venturing out into open waters of the ocean. It’s most commonly found among the coral reefs of the Pacific and Indian oceans.

A newly described species of dolphin, the Australian humpback dolphin, was just named a few days ago, and it’s already under threat.

Human fear of sharks, which has let to shark nets being set around coastal areas, has caused the accidental capture of the newly identified dolphin.

According to a paper published in the journal Marine Mammal Science, the dolphins wind up as by-catch “in shark nets set around beaches to protect bathers.” Fisheries also pose a threat, as do habitat loss and degradation from coastal development, pollution and climate change. Read more

Whale sharks are flocking to waters off of the Azore islands, a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, a new study has found.

Whale sharks tend to enjoy warmer temperatures, but even this species has been affected by climate change, according to the study, which is published in the latest issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

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Shark Familes Not So Nuclear

A single litter of shark pups can have anywhere from one to five dads, according to a new study that sheds light on the complex sex and family lives of many sharks. Read more

SHARK ATTACK! It’s Shark Week at Discovery, so DNews’ Laci Green dives in and gives some tips on how to survive a scuba diver’s worst nightmare. Watch video!

Sharks Slap Fish to Death

Thresher sharks slap fish to death, according to a new study that adds sharks to the list of ocean predators that can kill with just a slap.


Two-Headed Shark Fetus Netted by Fisherman

When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark’s live fetuses had two heads. Read more…

EU calls an end to the cruel practice of shark finning:

The European parliament on Thursday called a definitive halt to shark finning, the long contested practice of fishermen slicing off fins and throwing the live body overboard to drown.

Asia, we’re now looking at you…

TWiDN: We’re On Mars for the Shark Week Special!

Tune in for Shark Facts, Mars Facts and Shark Stories!

“It’s kind of like having a new baby…shooting its ChemCam laser at rocks to discovery the mineral content… so cute!”

“You’d think with all those teeth a shark would have to brush a lot…”

Plus, special guest: Chompie!

Shark Week is coming up right after the Olympics!!


A Great White Shark Attack in Slow Motion

Phantom camera capturing amazing slow motion shark attack footage.

Video: ITM Instruments

Ed note: The secrets of a shark attack revealed. Also, the Shark Week Tumblr is pretty fantastic and definitely worth a follow.

(via smithsonianmag)

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