Posts tagged sharks
Posts tagged sharks
Thanks to a former NBA star, a coalition of Chinese business leaders, celebrities and students, and some unlikely investigative journalism, eating shark fin soup is no longer fashionable here. But what really tipped the balance was a government campaign against extravagance that has seen the soup banned from official banquets.
“People said it was impossible to change China, but the evidence we are now getting says consumption of shark fin soup in China is down by 50 to 70 percent in the last two years,” said Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, a San Francisco-based group that has promoted awareness about the shark trade. The drop is also reflected in government and industry statistics.
“It is a myth that people in Asia don’t care about wildlife,” Knights said. “Consumption is based on ignorance rather than malice. ”
The dramatic expansion in China’s middle and upper classes has transformed the country into a major driver of global wildlife trafficking. The Obama administration is so concerned about Chinese demand for endangered wildlife that it made the subject an important part of its bilateral dialogue this year.
More than 70 million sharks were killed last year, largely to satisfy rapacious demand from China’s newly rich for shark fin soup.
Lavish spending by China’s wealthy has also sent demand for ivory skyrocketing, fueling a massive expansion in elephant poaching in Africa.
The consequences of the traffic go beyond a crisis for wildlife. The illegal ivory trade has financed global crime networks and local insurgents, including Somalia’s al-Shabab — responsible for last month’s attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.
“Conservation is more about China now than it is about Africa,” said Knights. “China can be the savior of wildlife or it can be the demise of it.”
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Six female hammerhead sharks have died within seven hours of each other at Ocean Park.
New Hammerhead Shark Species Found Off South Carolina
by Douglas Main
When new species are found near populated areas, they are often small and inconspicuous, not, for example, a hammerhead shark.
But that’s exactly what a team of researchers discovered along the coast of South Carolina. The new species looks virtually identical to the scalloped hammerhead, but is genetically distinct, and contains about 10 fewer vertebrae, or segments of backbone, new research shows.
The new species, named the Carolina hammerhead (Sphyrna gilbert), gives birth to shark “pups” in estuaries near the shore off the Carolinas, according to a study published in August in the journal Zootaxa…
(read more: Our Amazing Planet)
photo: © Save Our Seas Foundation / Peter Verhoog
Deep Discoverer Meets a Greenland Shark!
Off of the Northeast US Canyons the Okeanos Explorer found a Greenland Shark! These sharks can be between 8-16ft long and weight 880lbs. This shark is normally found in Northern Atlantic waters, but has recently been found as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have attributed this wide range of habitat to the fact that deep sea environments, even in warmer environments, resemble the natural habitat of the Greenland Shark.
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A majestic rare albino whale shark graces the ocean
Sometimes, Nature puts on a show that leaves Man awestruck. And these spectacular displays by two denizens of the deep left all who saw them beguiled by their grace and beauty. Divers were stunned by the sight of a 33ft albino whale shark as it glided through the waters off the coast of Darwin, an island in the Galapagos group. (Full Story)
face to face by blickfein Second picture of our meeting with a whaleshark at the Silver Banks. Have a nice weekend!
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A thresher shark’s long tail fin helps not only its swimming ability, but also its ability to hunt. It can use the fin to herd and trap schooling fish by swimming in increasingly smaller circles before striking the fish with its tail. This strike usually assails from above instead of sideways, a rare technique on the shark’s part that allows them to stun multiple fish at a time. Most carnivorous sharks only kill one fish at a time and are comparatively less efficient. Even though it is an expert hunter, the thresher shark is shy and harmless to humans and is unlikely to attack them.
This is just one of the new discoveries about sharks made since the last shark week - read more at Smithsonian Magazine.
Photo: Mark Harris, Flickr
LOOK AT THAT FACE. Oh jeez threshers are just so cute~ <3