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Great white shark population threatened

A new survey has found that the population numbers of great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off South Africa is about half what had been expected. A paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series shows the results of a six year study into the numbers of the apex predators and shows that there are only between 353 and 522 of the sharks. Of these, around 333 are of breeding age. (Image from Shutterstock).

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NOAA Okeanos exploration of Mariana Trench comes to a close Photo

NOAA Okeanos exploration of Mariana Trench comes to a close

NOAA’s deepwater exploration of the Mariana Trench with the Okeanos Explorer, a former Navy surveillance vessel, has wrapped up with some wild and weird new discoveries. Many new species never seen before as well as the discovery of a WWII B29 bomber wreck on the seafloor. The Mariana Trench contains the deepest spot in the ocean at 36,037 feet and is located in the Pacific Ocean off the Mariana Islands.

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Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: Shark Diving in San Diego Photo

Norbert Wu’s Favorite Images: Shark Diving in San Diego

Norbert Wu presents the next in his series highlighting his favorite images from his career. He takes us to California in the late 1980s and the very early days of diving and photographing with blue and mako sharks off San Diego. Also included are some very salient thoughts for aspirant professional photographers along with the text of an article he wrote describing his first assignment which required him to photograph a menacing shark near a diver.

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US Congress considers banning shark feeding Photo

US Congress considers banning shark feeding

Southern Fried Science reports that a bill is currently being passed through the US Congress that would ban the use of food to attract sharks withn US waters. This would include using chum, or feeding underwater in any form. Perhaps ironically, Section 3 of S. 3099, the “Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016,” specifically states that shark feeding would be banned “for any purpose other than to harvest sharks.”

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