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United Arab Emirates bans shark finning

Jul.30, 2014 at 5:35 pm, under Shark Conservation, Shark News Stories


UAE bans shark finning

According to a report by Emirates 24/4, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a measure to ban shark finning. In addition to the ban on finning, the measure will also make it illegal to hunt sharks within 5 nautical miles of the UAE shores and 3 nautical miles of from the shores of UAE’s islands.

The measure was issued by UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid bin Fahd. It will be enforced beginning September 1, 2014.

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Nat Geo Channel’s ‘Die Trying’ to feature white shark tagging

Jul.27, 2014 at 6:50 pm, under Shark Videos

“Great White Ambush,” this week’s episode of National Geographic Channel’s “Die Trying,” will follow a team of shark experts, along with wildlife filmmaker Andy Casagrande to Shark Alley off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa. The team’s goal is to capture a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in hopes of mounting data loggers and camera tags on the back of the shark, in order to scientifically document the complete profile of a breaching great white for the first time ever.

The episode airs this Wednesday, July 30, at 10PM ET on the National Geographic Channel.

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Great white shark spotted off St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Jul.23, 2014 at 6:12 pm, under Shark Videos

Some lucky passengers aboard a Quoddy Link Marine whale-watching vessel were treated to a somewhat rare sighting of an adult white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) after heading out of St. Andrews harbor in New Brunswick, Canada. YouTube user Dave Hannett caught some brief footage of the shark, as seen in the video above. According to the video information, the shark was spotted about a mile out from the harbor.

White sharks are known to inhabit the Atlantic waters of coastal Canadian provinces, but sightings are fairly rare.

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White shark found dead reportedly choked on sea lion

Jul.17, 2014 at 11:39 am, under Shark News Stories

A 4m (13′) white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) that was found washed ashore in Western Australia had apparently died as the result of choking on a sea lion, according to Sky News. The 4m shark had no initial visible signs of injury or disease, according to the report. However, further examination revealed a sea lion lodged in the shark’s throat.

The shark was filmed off Coronation Beach by YouTube user CadMonkey two days before it washed ashore. As can be seen in the video, the shark appears to be in distress. Research scientist Rory McAuley told Sky News that the shark might have been trying to dislodge the obstruction.

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Is there a shark in Lake Ontario? Umm, no.

Jul.16, 2014 at 6:51 pm, under Shark Videos

A video purporting to showing some fishermen encountering a shark off Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario was recently posted to YouTube. The video has been making the social media rounds and drumming up all kinds of online arguing about the “shark” seen in the video. The video even drew concern from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bill Mauro. However, it would seem all the hype was for naught, unless you count the publicity it has generated for Shark Week 2014.

According to Canada’s Global News, it turns out that the video is actually part of the marketing campaign for Discovery’s upcoming week of shark programming and is nothing more than a PR stunt. According to a press release from Discovery, a ‘life-like’ prosthetic shark was used for the video.

Well played, Discovery. Well played, indeed.

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