Acidifying Oceans Could Dissolve Shark Scales

Acidifying Oceans Could Dissolve Shark Scales

South African researchers published a new study showing that increasing concentrations of CO2 in the ocean are damaging shark scales, known as denticles.

Why This Matters: These scales protect sharks and allow them their unique ability to move through the water.

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One Shark Thing: 5 Tips for Surviving a Shark Attack

One Shark Thing: 5 Tips for Surviving a Shark Attack

As Discovery Channel’s Shark Week draws to a close we wanted to share these 5 expert tips for surviving a shark attack should you encounter a shark during your summer vacation (or ever). While shark attacks are extremely rare, this week we’ve written about how climate change and even conservation efforts are putting humans into […]

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More Sharks Coming to the Jersey Shore (what a Situation!)

More Sharks Coming to the Jersey Shore (what a Situation!)

Historically beachgoers in the Northeast didn’t have to worry about sharks in the water but climate change may soon change this. As NJ.com explained, “while sharks off the Jersey Shore are nothing new, experts who study the ocean predators say New Jersey’s waters are becoming an increasingly popular destination for unlikely species of sharks. Ocean-warming […]

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Sharks on the High Seas Need Protection Too

Sharks on the High Seas Need Protection Too

Sharks often end up as bycatch in commercial fishing lines (it’s one of the biggest issues facing sharks) but new research is showing that even highly migratory species of sharks have little refuge in the open ocean from fishing fleets. As Phys recently reported, regional declines in abundance of some shark populations such as shortfin […]

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It’s Shark Week (!!!), Congress Should Vote to Protect Sharks

It’s Shark Week (!!!), Congress Should Vote to Protect Sharks

Shark Week premiered last night and as the tv phenomenon enters its 31st year of killer ratings, this year there will be an emphasis on how human activities are killing sharks, most notably through shark finning. While Shark Week dazzles tv audiences, our partners at Oceana have been hard at work in Congress ensuring that […]

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Shark Week Starts Sunday, but Its Been Shark and Now Tornado Summer on Cape Cod

Shark Week Starts Sunday, but Its Been Shark and Now Tornado Summer on Cape Cod

Sharks are have frequented the Cape in the past, but this year, according to the local TV station KSBW8, there has been a marked increase in sightings and they are coming closer to humans.  Interestingly, the Boston Globe reported yesterday that those same sharks are rarely sighted in Rhode Island.  

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