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China bans shark fin soup at official dinners

China bans shark fin soup at official dinners | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
New regulation seeks to avoid the use of Chinese state funds on wildlife products and luxury goods
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New genetic research finds shark, human proteins stunningly similar

Despite widespread fascination with sharks, the world’s oldest ocean predators have long been a genetic mystery.
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Hong Kong Kids’ Aerial Art Encourages the Public to Respect Sharks

Hong Kong Kids’ Aerial Art Encourages the Public to Respect Sharks | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Each year, up to 73 million sharks are killed for their fins. Most end up in shark fin soup, a delicacy in both Hong Kong and Mainland China.  However, the last few years have seen a sea change in Hong Kong’s attitude toward shark finning—and an event early this month demonstrated how far the island territory has come.

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Time to be honest about the reality of shark attacks

Time to be honest about the reality of shark attacks | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
WITH the tragic death of Chris Boyd in Western Australia this week, once again the media is abuzz with the politics of shark attacks.
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NGOs say nothing is done to stop illegal shark-fishing | Cyprus Mail

NGOs say nothing is done to stop illegal shark-fishing | Cyprus Mail | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
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Indonesia’s national airline carrier bans shark fins

Indonesia’s national airline carrier bans shark fins | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda Indonesia has joined a growing number of airlines looking to curb the international shark fin trade by banning the transport of shark fins and other shark products on their aircraft.
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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Cookie Cutter Sharks

SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Cookie Cutter Sharks | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

he cookie cutter shark was once called the cigar shark due to the fish's dark brown color and long, rounded shape. Most cookie cutters average 12 to 15 inches long, though specimens as large as 20 inches have been recorded. The shark has a distinctive, rounded jaw opening with somewhat fleshy lips and protruding lower teeth.

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26 Facts about Sharks to sink your teeth into

26 Facts about Sharks to sink your teeth into | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

he whale shark may live up to 150 years, making it one of the longest-living creatures on Earth. 2.Whale sharks are the world's biggest fish — and they have big families, too. One whale shark can give birth to 300 live shark pups in one litter. 3.The smallest sharks are the dwarf lantern shark and pygmy shark, which are only 6 inches long. 4.Swell sharks swallow water and swell in size to intimidate their predators. 5.The jaws of large sharks are about twice as powerful as the jaws of a lion and can generate up to 40,000 pounds per square inch of pressure in a single bite. 6.Shark meat has an unpopular image as food, so fish markets and chefs change the name of shark meat to rock salmon, rock eel, huss or flake. 7.Port Jackson sharks lay eggs that have a corkscrew shape. 8.Basking sharks suck in more than 10,000 quarts of plankton-filled water in one hour. 9.Great White, Mako and Salmon sharks will drown if they stop moving because water won't pass over their gills. 10.Very few of the more than 350 species of shark — a small minority — are known to attack humans. 11.Sharks don't actually chew their prey, but tear it up into chunks and swallow. 12.Sharks' eyes are on the sides of their heads, so they have an amazingly wide sightline spanning nearly 360 degrees. 13.Sharks have highly tuned inner ears that help them hear their prey from a distance of up to two city blocks away. 14.The Cookiecutter shark is a master of camouflage. This shark's underside glows, with the exception of a small strip on its neck that looks like a much smaller fish. Predators mistake this strip for a snack, and the Cookiecutter takes a bite of their flesh before swimming away. 15.A shark's tooth-shaped scales are designed for dynamic movement but have also been mimicked in biotechnological research for their ability to repel barnacles and algal growth. 16.Sharks can sense injured fish that make infrasonic sound vibrations in the water and quickly become an easy dinner. 17.Some shark species moms can be pregnant for up to two years. 18.Some sharks can glow in the dark using light-emitting organs called photospheres. 19.Sharks living in frigid waters can heat their eyes using a special organ next to a muscle in their eye socket to keep hunting their prey in extreme temperatures. 20.Sharks never run out of teeth. They have new ones on a "conveyor belt" at the ready to move up and replace any that become lost during feeding. Some sharks can produce over 20,000 teeth in their lifetime. 21.Sharks have existed almost unchanged for 400 million years – long before the dinosaurs – and yet are at risk from human activities such as fishing. 22.Salmon sharks are the world's fastest sharks and can swim up to 55 miles per hour. That's twice as fast as Usain Bolt's top speed on land. 23.Great White sharks eat more than 20 times what a human eats in a year. 24.The Bluntnose Sixgill shark can dive as deep as 7,550 feet, or the length of more than five Empire State Buildings. 25.The largest shark family, Scyliorhinidae, is comprised of about 90 Catsharks, many of which are commonly called dogfish. 26.Baby sharks are called pups, male sharks are called bulls and female sharks are just called females.

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Great hammerhead shark may get more protection | Brad Sewell's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Great hammerhead shark may get more protection | Brad Sewell's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In mid-March, NRDC submitted a petition to list the Northwest Atlantic population of great hammerhead shark as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.  Last week, NOAA announced that our petition, as well as one submitted by WildEarth...
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Shark-Stalking Robot Will Spy on Mysterious Ocean Predators | Wired Science | Wired.com

Shark-Stalking Robot Will Spy on Mysterious Ocean Predators | Wired Science | Wired.com | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
This summer, a new underwater robot will start tracking some of the ocean's top predators -- including great white sharks -- to learn more about their habits.
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RTSea Blog: keeping an eye on Nature: Illegal Shark Fins: officials arrest fishermen and not where you might expect

RTSea Blog: keeping an eye on Nature: Illegal Shark Fins: officials arrest fishermen and not where you might expect | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Two local fishermen got their comeuppance when they were arrested on April 8th for having on board their fishing boat a total of 2,073 shark fins. Government officials said that the catch represented as many as 529 sharks (which included 11 whole sharks they had on board).

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Seychelles shark attack: Bride describes moment husband was killed - Telegraph

Seychelles shark attack: Bride describes moment husband was killed  - Telegraph | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A newly-wed bride who saw her husband killed by a shark in the Seychelles, yesterday described the moment she heard his screams as she read a book on the beach and realised that he had suffered “very serious injuries”.
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Abalone Diving « Scuba Dive

Abalone Diving « Scuba Dive | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

I’m not really sure what all of the mollusk fuss is about. To me they look like aquatic portabellas or perhaps marine potatoes. But enthusiasts around the world see so much more in the abalone, enough to dive in cold, shark infested waters to collect the beauties.

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Insider Insights: Articles - Eight weird and wonderful kinds of sharks - The Weather Network

Insider Insights: Articles - Eight weird and wonderful kinds of sharks - The Weather Network | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

With all eyes on the waves, we did a little research, and decided to add this feature about eight kinds of unusual, weird and wonderful sharks

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Divers Guide To Marine Life: Sharks

Divers Guide To Marine Life: Sharks | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Divers love to see sharks, but we forget that part of what makes sharks so amazing is often in the details. Find out everything you want to know about these apex predators here!
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Shaaark! - Bullsharks

Jacques' main mission in life is to stop sharks eating humans. When Jacques catches a bullshark with some finger-food stuck in his teeth, he reminds him that...
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Trapit Shark kills surfer off Western Australia, authorities say

Trapit    Shark kills surfer off Western Australia, authorities say | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Shark kills surfer off Western Australia, authorities say
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Greenland shark in the St. Lawrence Estuary

These sharks live further north than any other shark species. They are closely related to the shark sleeping Pacific. This is one of the largest species of sharks, size, comparable to the Great White Shark. 

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Interpol issues warning of new slice-and-dice shark-finning method / News Briefs / More news / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times

Interpol issues warning of new slice-and-dice shark-finning method / News Briefs / More news / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Tico Times - Central America's leading English language news source.
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12.11.13 ~ Uh Oh, People Are Still Shark Finning Legally in Costa Rica Despite the Ban

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/uh-oh-people-are-still-shark-finning-legally-in-costa-rica-despite-the-ban.html#ixzz2kWv7NrXW

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Mississauga councillors vote to repeal shark fin ban | Toronto Star

Mississauga councillors vote to repeal shark fin ban | Toronto Star | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Mississauga councillors have voted to repeal the city’s shark fin ban. Final vote is set for next week.
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“We shouldn’t need a bylaw, it should be the right thing that we should do. And the federal government should see that as well. It was disappointing to see the legislation not go through.”

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Pacific countries urged to protect dwindling shark populations - Australia Network News - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Pacific countries urged to protect dwindling shark populations - Australia Network News - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A maritime conservation group is calling on all Pacific countries to ban shark fishing several days after New Caledonia moves to outlaw the practice.
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When sharks are prey | Egypt Independent

When sharks are prey | Egypt Independent | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
News about the slaughtering of three whale sharks in Suez in the past weeks triggered a wave of anger among marine biologists and environmental organizations across Egypt.
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Prehistoric musical find in cave

Prehistoric musical find in cave | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
bbc.co.uk - Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe.
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Sharks most often caught by Indonesia, India ... and Spain?

Sharks most often caught by Indonesia, India ... and Spain? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The nonprofit Pew Environment Group singled out the worst shark-catching offenders last year, using United Nations data to identify the 20 countries that reported landing the most sharks from 2000 to 2008.
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