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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.
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.
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“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…”
Shark Week is coming up right after the Olympics!!
Phantom camera capturing amazing slow motion shark attack footage.
Video: ITM Instruments