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Guy Harvey tags shortfin mako sharks Photo

Guy Harvey tags shortfin mako sharks

Environmental artist Guy Harvey has led an expedition to Isla Mujeres, Mexico with the aim of adding SPOT satellite positioning tags to shortfin mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus). The trip, which visited the area in March and was plagued by bad weather, tagged three sharks, which are the first to be tracked in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Video: Shark Dream by Andy Casagrande Photo

Video: Shark Dream by Andy Casagrande

Andy Casagrande has posted an underwater video shot on a RED EPIC at 5K resolution. Entitled “Shark Dream”, it features a series of slow motion shots, all featuring sharks. The aim is to portray this as a “shark dream … not a nightmare” and it was “created to inspire people to care about sharks”. The filmmaker suggests that people should go to Shark Angels to find out more about the plight of these animals.

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CITES 2013: The results Photo

CITES 2013: The results

As of earlier today, oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) and both species of manta ray (Manta birostris and Manta alfredi) have been added to Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II lists species which are not necessarily threatened with immediate extinction but which may become so unless trade is closely controlled.

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CITES extends protection to shark species and mantas Photo

CITES extends protection to shark species and mantas

Delegates at the triennial meeting in Bangkok of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have voted today to accept that oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) and porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) be added to Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II lists species which are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but which may become so unless trade is closely controlled.

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Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually Photo

Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually

The Marine Policy journal has published a paper that attempts to provide an up-to-date and scientific assessment of the number of sharks that are caught each year. This number has been in dispute for some time, but the new paper seems to suggest that the number of sharks is around 100 million per year. The vast majority of these are caught to satisfy demand for shark fin soup. The CITES conference, due to start in Bangkok tomorrow will discuss adding five shark species to its endangered list.

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