Counting Adults by Studying Offspring

One of the most difficult tasks in shark conservation is estimating population numbers, particularly for the large pelagic sharks that spend much of their time out of sight. For animals such as white sharks, where protection is controversial because of the public fear associated with shark bites, population assessments are even more critical.

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Jennifer Schmidt
You Are What You Eat

Large filter-feeding marine animals, like the whale shark and manta ray, are most commonly observed feeding near the ocean surface on blooms of zooplankton.  Recent techniques make it possible to determine the precise food sources of these animals, without relying on what can be limited observation.

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

Images of a malevolent monster haunt our aquatic imagination and abyssal unconscious! Perpetuated by popular culture, this image transcends the real; transforming a 100-million-year-old fish into the contemporary emotionally, socially, and politically charged hyper-real monster we know as the Great White shark.

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Some Good News for Sharks!

We hear so much bad news about sharks – populations of many species have declined to historic lows, finning occurs in numerous countries, bycatch continues to threaten shark species, shark fishing tournaments are conducted for sport here in the U.S.  When a bit of good news about sharks comes along it seems natural to be encouraged that perhaps the situation is turning around.

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