sharks

These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

The epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a small species of reef shark with a set of unique abilities. It can use its fins to walk both in and out of the water, and it can go without oxygen for up to two hours.  These traits have helped the species succeed in rapidly-changing coral reef environments, […]

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    Rare Baby Ghost Shark Found Off New Zealand

    Rare Baby Ghost Shark Found Off New Zealand

    Scientists have discovered a very rare baby ghost shark in deep waters off the coast of New Zealand.. Ghost sharks are a poorly understood relative of sharks and rays also known as chimeras, but the new find may help change that.

    Ecuador Creates New Marine Reserve North of Galápagos Islands

    Ecuador Creates New Marine Reserve North of Galápagos Islands

    A volcanic mountain landscape with lava plateaus and white coral sand beaches rimmed with blue-green sea, the Galápagos archipelago is inhabited by more than 180 species found nowhere else on Earth. The first recorded visitor to the group of islands was Tomás de Berlanga, fourth Bishop of Panama, who happened upon it on his way […]

    Addressing the Double Standards of Animal Cruelty

    Addressing the Double Standards of Animal Cruelty

    I woke up this morning to see two news articles, both involving animals but very different in tone. One article highlighted how a man was convicted of animal cruelty in Australia for shooting an arrow through a cat’s head. The other hailed the capture of a nearly 1,000-pound mako shark off the coast of New Jersey as an “incredible feat” and called the fishermen “winners.”

    Behind the Science: How Do We Know How Many Shark Species Are at Risk?

    Behind the Science: How Do We Know How Many Shark Species Are at Risk?

    By David Shiffman This September a team of dozens of scientists announced grim news: Around one third of the world’s 1,199 known sharks and related species, they assessed, are now threatened with extinction. The startling message from members of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, which published their results in the journal Current Biology, means that […]

    2 in 5 Shark Species Threatened With Extinction, Says IUCN

    2 in 5 Shark Species Threatened With Extinction, Says IUCN

    More than a third of shark and ray species are directly threatened by extinction, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned on Saturday. The revelation came in the IUCN’s updated Red List assessment on endangered wildlife, which was released at the body’s World Conservation Congress in Marseilles, France. The most comprehensive survey […]