Beaches in Palm Beach, Florida, were temporarily closed earlier this week after thousands of sharks were spotted swimming near the shore.
World sharks are doomed. According to a study published this week in Marine Policy, our world is losing more than 100 million sharks every year. If significant efforts are not made to stop this decline, these incredible animals may soon be gone forever.
In more good news for seals, the annual hunt on Hay Island off Cape Breton has been cancelled this year. According to an anti-seal organization, this was done because of the shrinking interest in seal products internationally.
An international team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has documented a 78 percent decline in the number of nests of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean. The experts fear, if the trend continues, the turtles may become extinct in the next 20 years.
Scotland has their feared but beloved Loch Ness monster. The Pacific Northwest has Bigfoot. Lake Tahoe now has its own “monster.” If not dealt with, these “monsters” could destroy the lake’s entire ecosystem.
For Fernando Nhamussua living near the Mozambique coast, sharks are not something to be feared but an extremely profitable source of income. The 33 year old has sold 20 shark fins so far and even as the world contemplates ban of the illegal trade, Fernando’s basket is full of four dried shark fins.
It is one thing to love animals but quite another to physically hug and hold them when it is a known wild and sensitive creature. One Florida man learnt it the hard way when he was arrested for hugging a baby Manatee.
Earlier this month, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) responded on a mass dolphin stranding at Two Peoples Bay Nature on Western Australia’s south coast. After assessing the situation, DEC decided it would be best to give the 100-150 spotted dolphins a chance to get out on their own.
Holiday goers could be doing science a lot of good the next time they click vacation pictures. Scientists from Imperial College of London say that to track the movements of endangered whale sharks in the Indian Ocean the use of public sourced photographs could very helpful and aid in conservation efforts.
Scientists have long theorized that salmon use magnetism to find their way home, but there’s never been any evidence to prove this theory true – until now. According to scientists from Oregon State University in Corvallis, their recent study confirms that salmon really are using the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate their way home to spawn each year.
Great white sharks are probably one of the most feared animals in the sea, especially by humans. But these fearsome predators, featured in the classic movie, “Jaws,” are in some serious trouble according to some local conservation groups. After conducting a series of scientific studies, the conservation groups determined that only about 350 great whites now exist off the California and Baja Mexico coasts.
For the first time that a man has been punished for abusing a wild marine creature, a Great White Shark no less. Leon Bekker of South Africa pleaded guilty for harassing a shark last year in Mossel Bay and has been sentenced to a fine of over $13,000 dollars.