PBS digital short: “What if There Were No Sharks?”

The latest episode of the PBS digital short series “It’s Okay To Be Smart” focuses on the important that sharks play in the environment and ponders the question of what would happen if there were no more sharks. During the video a counter representing an estimated number of sharks killed runs to give the viewer an idea of the rate at which sharks are being killed off. For a relatively quick watch, the video does a decent job at summarizing the value that sharks have in the world.

Video: great white shark encounter off Ocean City, MD

YouTube user Aaron Caplan documented an encounter with an adult white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) 6 miles off the coast of Ocean City, MD. According to the video description, the shark was estimated at 13′-15′ in length and remained around the boat for approximately an hour. The shark mouthed the boat and engine before eating a chum bag. Caplan and his boatmates fed the shark a yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, and then it left the area.

NatGeo Wild to provide alternative to Shark Week with Sharkfest

For viewers looking for an alternative to Discovery’s Shark Week, NatGeo Wild will be airing its own week of shark programming. Sharkfest promises “no fuss, no muss, just killer episodes.” Critics of some the programming of Discovery’s Shark Week, which include a follow-up to the faux documentary exploring the theory that the extinct C. Megalodon might still roam today’s ocean, might find Sharkfest’s programming choices to be a refreshing change of pace.

Sharkfest starts August 10 at 8PM on NatGeo Wild.

United Arab Emirates bans shark finning

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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.

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

“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.