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Sharkbites Saturday

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Small but perhaps not so mighty: The second edition of the epaulette shark saga

A sneak peak of more awesome epaulette shark research currently being conducted at the New England Aquarium. We know how these sharks fair with ocean acidification, but what about ocean warming?

Can you keep me safe? What can MPAs do for Sharks

Article: White, T. D., Carlisle, A. B., Kroodsma, D. A., Block, B. A., Casagrandi, R., De Leo, G. A., … & McCauley, D. J. (2017). Assessing the effectiveness of a large marine protected area for reef shark conservation. Biological Conservation, 207, 64-71. What is an MPA? What do you think about when you hear the word MPA? […]

Fintastic friends: even sharks prefer familiar faces

Researchers at the Bimini Field Biological Station Shark Lab investigated shark group preferences in juvenile lemon sharks, and the results are in: even sharks prefer their “friends” over strangers! Read on to learn more about these fin-tastic friendships.

It’s Getting Hot In Here: How Ocean Acidification and Warming Affect Shark Hunting and Behavior

Elasmobranchs such as sharks and rays face physiological and behavioral changes due to ocean acidification and rising ocean temperatures. Read about how these changes influence how sharks hunt and their role in the marine ecosystem.

Can Ecotourism influence sharks?

Article: Barnett, A., Payne, N. L., Semmens, J. M., & Fitzpatrick, R. (2016). Ecotourism increases the field metabolic rate of whitetip reef sharks. Biological Conservation, 199, 132-136. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.009 It’s no secret that whenever we interact with animals, they change their behavior when around us. Dogs get excited and jump up and down, monkeys come closer to get […]

Sand Tiger Sharks: Tracking US east coast movement for better management

Sand tiger sharks are a coastal species common throughout the world that can interact with many fisheries. Here we explain how acoustic and satellite tagging techniques can help scientists better inform sand tiger shark management.

Does long term SCUBA diving affect shark behaviour?

What happens when SCUBA divers and sharks mix? Do divers scare off sharks or attract them? Read more to find out!

¿Cuanto se necesitan los tiburones y los arrecifes de coral?

Translated by Sandra schleier, Original Post by Nicole Couto Articulo: Roff, G., C. Doropoulos, A. Rogers, Y.-M. Bozec, N. C. Krueck, E. Aurellado, M. Priest, C. Birrell, and P. J. Mumby (2016), The Ecological Role of Sharks on Coral Reefs, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(5), 395–407, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.014. La gran, distintiva e inminente sombra de un tiburón martillo oscurece el […]

Sharks and other ocean top predators: unlikely allies in combatting climate change?

Sharks offer more to humans than just pretty toothy grins…check out this article to learn how sharks and other top predators may act to regulate carbon production in marine food webs, which may have implications for climate change dynamics.

La Prevención de Tiburones: ¿Qué funciona y qué no?

Translated by Sandra Schleier, Original Post by Karla Haiat La percepción estereotípica pública de los ataques de tiburón puede ser resumida con una película, Jaws y sus innumerables secuelas. Películas de esta índole demuestran a los tiburones como criaturas peligrosas y malignas sin ninguna motivación que solo comerse todo lo que ven. Los medios de comunicación […]

How just 3% saves 50%: Small expansions of protected areas in “shark hot spots” could save HALF of currently endangered Sharks, Skates, and Rays

The old adage of, “work smarter, not harder” even applies to shark conservation…read on to learn how targeted expansion of marine protected areas could better protect more than 50% of imperiled shark species around the globe.

Shark attack prevention: what works, what doesn’t?

We aren’t going to need a bigger boat to prevent shark attacks…read this review article to get an idea what shark attack prevention strategies are best for both humans and sharks!

Small but mighty: Will the epaulette shark survive ocean acidification?

Check out the first installation of Sharkbites Saturday! The epaulette shark is a small egg-laying species native to Australia. In this study, scientists look at the effects that increased carbon dioxide from climate change may have on these interesting reef dwellers.

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