Decapitated shark head Found in California

A decapitated shark head found in California has sparked outrage and an investigation. Clay Kirksey was out with a friend at the Newport Harbor Shipyard in Orange County on Saturday, when he saw a group of men approaching in a boat. The 16-year-old thought the men looked intoxicated as they were playing with the sharks head. He told CBS Los Angeles “They were biting it, throwing it around, sticking it on their head. It was brutal to see that they’d treat an animal that beautiful that way,” Once the men had finished…

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Two Detained in Death of Whale Shark

Two men have been detained in the death of whale shark in China. Photographs of the dead whale shark were posted on social media last Saturday. The shark was being hoisted by a crane reportedly at the Beihai market south of the Guangxi province. Many Chinese citizens were outraged as just two days before, photos were posted of a live whale shark on China’s Twitter like platform Sina Weibo. The photographs were taken by oil rig workers near Weizhou Island. The shark had been called an “old friend” by some…

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Shark News From Around the Globe 03/01/16

We begin this edition of shark news from around the globe with a visit to the Bahamas. Researchers from the University of New England and the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have been studying female tiger sharks at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. In an effort to determine if the sharks were mature and pregnant, the group not only used visual cues such as mating scars, but also hormone blood tests and ultra sound. Professor James Sulikowski of the University of New England’s Department of…

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Shark Finners Plead Guilty

Two shark finners plead guilty to shark violations involving illegal finning and being over the limit of sharks. After receiving an anonymous complaint Hung Anh Tiet, 29, of Dallas, Texas and 37-year-old Rick Nguyen, of Buras Louisiana were stopped by Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division in April of 2012. Agents searched the fishermen’s vessel “Lady Lyanna” and found 11 whole sharks in plain sight. In addition they found a hidden compartment in the bow of the boat which contained 12 large bags filled with…

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Costa Rica’s Shark Debate Rages On

“Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís stood Wednesday morning before a room full of the world’s biggest shark admirers and admitted that some might consider him the animal’s biggest adversary. Weeks earlier Solís had been named “Shark Enemy of the Year” by an international conservation group, and now his country was hosting a convention designed to promote the international conservation of threatened shark species.” Read the full story at http://www.ticotimes.net/2016/02/19/costa-rica-shark-protections

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Shark finning what is does and does not mean

David Shiffman has a great article titled What shark finning means (and doesn’t mean): a primer and quiz. Below is an excerpt, but be sure to read the full article at Southern Fried Science Shark finning does not mean removing the fins from a shark. This is really important and seems to be a source of some confusion- not every shark fin for sale in markets is the result of shark finning! Shark finning means removing the fins from a shark while still on the fishing vessel and dumping the…

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Bite-Back’s 2016 Calendar Now Available

The 2016 Bite-Back calendar featuring images from 13 of the world’s leading underwater photographers is now available. Best of all it helps Bite-Back, a UK shark and Marine conservation charity. Bite-Back will use the funds towards their No Fin To Declare Campaign. They hope to close a legal loop hole in Europe which allows any visitor to bring up to 44lbs of shark fins for ‘personal’ use. The charity hopes the program will make the UK the first country in the world to ban the shark fin soup. The photographers…

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Awesome Great White Breach

October 2015 Mossel Bay, South Africa Fin and I have had a very busy month so far, and we’re only one week in. The Great White Shark activity has been incredible and I’ve manged to capture some amazing footage. Not only was I lucky enough to witness an attempted predation on the first day of October, but I was then visited by the escapee seal when he used our boat as refuge. He even tried to swim into the cage at one point but couldn’t get between the bars. The…

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Great white shark breach – Mossel Bay

Today we have a special post by our friend and founder of Keep Fin Alive, Esther Jacobs Overbeeke. Thursday, 17th September 2015 Mossel Bay, South Africa Esther Jacobs Overbeeke I captured the photo of this amazing juvenile Great White Shark on an early morning breach trip. Our Mossel Bay sharks are mostly juveniles and we see a lot of breaching activity throughout the year. Sometimes they are breaching for something specific such as a seal or decoy like the one used for our breach trip, but we also witness random…

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