Even though it is illegal in most countries, shark fin soup can easily cost upwards of $100 per bowl. In some cultures the fin is said to have many health benefits like boosting sexual potency, enhancing skin quality, increasing one’s qi or energy, preventing heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. For this reason the number of sharks who are killed for their fins around the world is staggering.
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.
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.
Even the tiniest of the sharks have the incredible ability to defend themselves. A new study on unborn sharks within their leathery egg cases, finds that these babies can sense the electric field of a predator and freeze to avoid detection.
What began as a concern for people who get bitten by sharks has now become a way to prevent sharks from getting caught in fish hooks. One man’s discovery might help protect sharks and also humans from these predators by simply using magnets.
All of the Bahamas coastline is about to become a safe sanctuary for sharks as the nation announced on Tuesday a complete ban of shark fishing in its waters. After Honduras, the Maldives and Palau, Bahamas becomes the fourth archipelago to take the important protective measure.
For millions of years Sharks have been known to survive using their very effective sensory organs. They are not just good at smelling their prey and blood, but also have well developed external eyes and a significant area in the brain suited to vision. But now scientists have found that sharks might be color blind.