Veggie Sharks

Sharks are assumed to be carnivores, eating a high-protein diet of mammals, fish and other marine animals.  Most of the food animals eat is broken down by enzymes in their guts, often with the assistance of helpful bacteria.  Digestive enzymes are optimized for a certain type of diet, so the gut of … Read more about Veggie Sharks

Jelly Sharks

About a year ago I was in the Gulf of California, Mexico, studying the whale sharks that aggregate there each spring.  While patrolling the area of Bahia de La Paz by panga looking for whale sharks, we found ourselves in the midst of an amazing number of what appeared to be bright blue floating … Read more about Jelly Sharks

High Connectivity and Low Diversity in Megamouth Sharks

The megamouth is one of the rarest sharks in the world.  Surprisingly for an animal that can reach 7 meters in length, it was described only in 1983, and only ~100 specimens have been found.  This is largely because it is a deep-water species, spending days at 200 meters or more, but rising close to … Read more about High Connectivity and Low Diversity in Megamouth Sharks

Encounters of the Great White Shark and Caged Humans in New Zealand

Encounters of the Great White Shark and Caged Humans in New Zealand By guest blogger and fellow shark anthropologist Dr. Raj Sekhar Aich Department of Anthropology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand Images of a malevolent monster haunt our aquatic imagination and abyssal unconscious! … Read more about Encounters of the Great White Shark and Caged Humans in New Zealand

Another Reason (If You Needed One) Not to Eat Shark

Shark meat consumption is bad for sharks of course, millions of sharks are killed each year for the shark meat and fin trade, but it’s also bad for people.  I’ve written before about the way heavy metals and organic pollutants like PCBs concentrate in animals high up on the food chain.  Shark meat … Read more about Another Reason (If You Needed One) Not to Eat Shark

Touched by a shark

Https://www.facebook.com/touchedbyashark/videos/1474850109206188/ This documentary reaches into the lives of 5 men and how they were touched by a shark as they also describe the nature of a shark and the issues the shark faces in today's environment. Produced by Valeo Films Inc. for Rette den … Read more about Touched by a shark