Prosecutors say he caught leopard sharks in San Francisco Bay that were smaller than the minimum state requirement of 3 feet and then sold them to customers in Canada and Florida. He was accused of falsely claiming he had federal permits for the sharks and stating that they were 36 inches long.
The fishers, not wanting to get in trouble for accidentally catching the shark—and unsure about how to release it properly—used the service to text news of their catch to the authorities. Staff members from Karimunjawa National Park and the WCS quickly responded and helped release the young giant back into the ocean.
Now, Dolphin Quest, which is an independently run company, has added two blacktip reef sharks to the Hilton’s ocean-fed lagoon.
“The idea,” he told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, “is to promote better stewardship of sharks and their habitats.”
Contrary to expectations, the researchers found that the proportion of white shark gene products associated with metabolism had fewer differences from humans than zebrafish (a bony fish) — an unexpected result given that bony fishes are evolutionarily much more closely related to sharks.
This guy really went for it.
But this May, NOAA threatened to halt this positive momentum by proposing a new rule claiming that federal law may preempt, or overrule, state shark fin bans. NOAA argued that the state bans may interfere with fisheries management, because they might restrict a U.S. fisherman’s ability to catch a shark and then sell the fins later. None of the state bills address fishing, as finning is already illegal in U.S. waters. Instead, the state bans complement federal shark conservation law by blocking trade in fins.
Two quick-thinking men on Newfoundland’s northeast coast managed to save a Greenland shark from choking to death on a large piece of moose hide this past weekend.
Derrick Chaulk said he was driving down a road by the harbour in Norris Arm North this past Saturday when he saw what he thought was a beached whale.
When Chaulk went closer to investigate, he realized it was a shark, which he estimated was about 2.5 metres long, and weighed about 115 kg.
The animal was still alive and had a large chunk of moose hide protruding from its mouth. “It [the moose] had the fur and all the liner on it — it was about two feet long, maybe.”
A shark-detecting buoy off the San Luis Obispo County coast has detected its first great white shark near the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas, according to Friends of the Elephant Seal.
In light of the recent death in Western Australia, Lifehacker Australia posted some tips on staying safe:
- Stay out of the water if sharks have been sighted in the area.
- Stay close to shore (within 30m of the water’s edge).
- Don’t go in the water alone (stay in groups).
- Avoid water temperatures lower than 22C.
- Avoid water depths of greater than 5m when swimming or surfing.
- Avoid swimming after heavy storms, or in low light conditions (dusk and dawn).
- Avoid swimming if there are seals, dolphins, whales or baitfish nearby.