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First study of world's largest marine stingray reveals long-distance migration
Smalleye stingrays are the largest marine stingrays on record, reaching disc widths of up to 222 cm, and yet almost nothing is known about them. (2019-06-11)
Elasmobranches getting slammed
Researchers analyzed four years of catch data from Tanjung Luar -- a fishing village specifically targeting sharks -- to identify catch abundance and seasonality of vulnerable or endangered species, and found that catch per unit effort (CPUE) of sharks and rays from 2014 to 2017 fluctuated but was not significantly different. (2019-06-06)
Snout dated: Slow-evolving elephant shark offers new insights into human physiology
Slow-evolving elephant shark reveals hormonal adaptation and offers new insights into human physiology. (2019-06-04)
Baby tiger sharks eat songbirds
Tiger sharks have a reputation for being the 'garbage cans of the sea' -- they'll eat just about anything, from dolphins and sea turtles to rubber tires. (2019-05-21)
Flamingoes, elephants and sharks: How do blind adults learn about animal appearance?
They've never seen animals like hippos and sharks but adults born blind have rich insight into what they look like, a new Johns Hopkins University study found. (2019-05-21)
Size is everything
The susceptibility of ecosystems to disruption depends on a lot of factors that can't all be grasped. (2019-05-20)
Sand tiger sharks return to shipwrecks off N.C. coast
A study co-led by Duke University reveals shipwrecks off North Carolina's coast are important habitats for sand tiger sharks, whose population plummeted in the 1980 and 1990s. (2019-04-22)
Study finds white sharks flee feeding areas when orcas present
New research from Monterey Bay Aquarium and partner institutions published in Nature Scientific Reports challenges the notion that great white sharks are the most formidable predators in the ocean. (2019-04-16)
Catfish use complex coordination to suck in prey
Using a powerful X-ray-based technology, Brown University scientists tracked catfish as they caught and swallowed prey to develop a precise understanding of the complex set of motions required to create the suction necessary to eat. (2019-04-16)
Sharks more vulnerable than originally thought, new research shows
New study reveals in excess of 2.5 million sharks are caught annually in the South West Indian Ocean - 73% more than officially reported. (2019-04-15)
Official stats mask shark and ray species caught in the Mediterranean and Black seas
A new study reveals that 97 per cent of the sharks and rays caught and brought to market domestically by fleets from the European, North African and Middle Eastern countries that surround the Mediterranean and Black seas are not reported by species. (2019-04-08)
Study finds white sharks with high levels of mercury, arsenic and lead in their blood
Researchers found high concentrations of mercury, arsenic, and lead, in blood samples obtained from Great white sharks in South Africa. (2019-03-29)
Tunas, sharks and ships at sea
Researchers combine maps of marine predator habitats with satellite tracks of fishing fleets to identify regions where they overlap -- a step toward more effective wildlife management on the high seas. (2019-03-13)
Coral reef parks protecting only 40 percent of fish biomass potential
Marine scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups examining the ecological status of coral reefs across the Indian and Pacific oceans have uncovered an unsettling fact: even the best coral reef marine parks contain less than half of the fish biomass found in the most remote reefs that lie far from human settlements. (2019-03-07)
How megalodon's teeth evolved into the 'ultimate cutting tools'
Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived, is known only from its gigantic bladelike teeth. (2019-03-04)
Risk remains low despite rise in global shark attacks
A new study led by Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Assistant Professor Stephen Midway at Louisiana State University shows that although the number of shark attacks has increased over time, the rate of attack is low and the risk of being attacked by a shark is highly variable across the globe. (2019-02-27)
A rare assemblage of sharks and rays from nearshore environments of Eocene Madagascar
Eocene-aged sediments of Madagascar contain a previously unknown fauna of sharks and rays, according to a study released Feb. (2019-02-27)
Great white shark genome decoded
In a major scientific step to understand the biology of this iconic apex predator and sharks in general, the entire genome of the white shark has now been decoded in detail. (2019-02-18)
Hot great white sharks could motor but prefer to swim slow
Great white sharks have warmer muscles than other cold-blooded fish so they could swimmer faster, but now it turns out that they actually choose to swim relatively slowly when browsing their feeding grounds, probably to increase their chance of catching a fat seal snack. (2019-02-18)
'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators
New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. (2019-02-15)
New study finds ecosystem changes following loss of great white sharks
A new study has documented unexpected consequences following the decline of great white sharks from an area off South Africa. (2019-02-13)
Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought
'Megalodon' -- a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies -- likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research published Feb. (2019-02-13)
Endangered sharks being eaten in UK
Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed. (2019-01-31)
ESA tipsheet for Jan. 31, 2019
Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on Jan. (2019-01-30)
Research shows what it takes to be a giant shark
Have you ever wondered why the Megalodon shark became to be so big? (2019-01-24)
In polar regions, warm-blooded marine predators rule
Even though diversity typically decreases from the tropics to the poles, in the frigid waters of the high latitudes, warm-blooded marine mammals and birds thrive, both in number and species richness. (2019-01-24)
Fossil shark teeth discovered in leftover rock that contained SUE the T. rex
Scientists have discovered a new species of fossil shark in the leftover rock excavated with SUE, the world's largest and most complete T. rex. (2019-01-21)
Ancient carpet shark discovered with 'spaceship-shaped' teeth
The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga. (2019-01-21)
Ocean giant gets a health check: Combination blood, tissue test reveals whale shark diets
Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check developed at the University of Tokyo. (2019-01-16)
15-meter-long ancient whale Basilosaurus isis was top marine predator
The stomach contents of ancient whale Basilosaurus isis suggest it was an apex predator, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-09)
Who's tougher? Baby sharks or daddy sharks?
One would assume that since humans and many animals tend to get stiffer and perhaps tougher as they reach adulthood, the same would be true for sharks. (2019-01-03)
Not all marine protected areas are created equal
Europe's impressive network of marine protected areas (MPAs), which now cover 29 percent of territorial waters, is not as effective as has been thought at preserving the marine biodiversity it was created to protect. (2018-12-20)
Warning over deep-sea 'gold rush'
A 'gold rush' of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned. (2018-12-17)
The impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in the Philippines
The collaborative research among The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the University of Guam (UoG), and the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) shows that whale shark tourism in Tan-awan, Oslob, Philippines has led to degradation of the local coral reef ecosystem. (2018-12-17)
Fifty years of decline in Queensland's coastal sharks
Queensland's coastal shark numbers are continuing a 50-year decline, in sharp contradiction of suggestions of 'exploding' shark populations, according to an analysis of Queensland Shark Control Program data. (2018-12-13)
Set your teeth on EDGE: World's weirdest sharks and rays on the brink of extinction
Sharks that use a whip-like tail to stun their prey, rays with saws on their faces, and river rays half the length of a bus are among the most unique species at risk of extinction according to the latest ranking from international conservation charity ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) pioneering EDGE of Existence program. (2018-12-04)
Drones offer ability to find, ID and count marine megafauna
New research demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild. (2018-11-26)
Codebreaker Turing's theory explains how shark scales are patterned
A system proposed by world war two codebreaker Alan Turing more than 60 years ago can explain the patterning of tooth-like scales possessed by sharks, according to new research. (2018-11-07)
Bird feathers and shark skin: Explained by the same patterning mechanism
A patterning system that has been shown to play a role in bird feather development is also apparent in the development of sharks' tooth-like skin, new theoretical and experimental evidence finds. (2018-11-07)
Motley crews of bacteria cleanse water at huge oceanic Georgia Aquarium exhibit
Good bacteria cleaning water in Georgia Aquarium's huge oceanic exhibit delivered a nice surprise to researchers. (2018-10-23)
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