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A Race for Recovery: can reef shark populations recover in no-take marine protected areas?

In this article we discuss the use of marine protected areas in relation to an apex predator of the ecosystem, the grey reef shark. There is sizable evidence that these types of protections can help populations recover from over-fishing, providing a hopefully method moving forward in shark conservation. Carolyn WheelerI am currently a PhD student […]

Homebodies on the move: Documenting partial seasonal migration in mature nurse sharks

If I asked you to name a migrating shark, you might list pelagic ocean rovers like the white (Carcharodon carcharias), shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), or maybe even the filter feeding whale (Rhincodon typus) shark. I would be willing to bet that no one would say “the nurse shark of course!” With their new paper, long-time […]

Citizen Science and Undersea Stars: The Value of Photographs to Global Megafauna Biology

Check out this article about how tourist pictures of whale sharks are helping scientists learn about whale shark populations around the globe! Matthew LarsenI am a second year master’s student at Coastal Carolina University in the Abel Lab. My interests focus on the ecology and life history of large marine megafauna with a central focus […]

The Great Migration: Blacktip Sharks

Over ten thousand sharks gather off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida in one of the most impressive migrations in the animal kingdom. A research team from Florida Atlantic University has been quantifying and monitoring this massive migration since 2011. Check it out! Jasmin GrahamI am a Masters student in Biological Sciences at Florida State […]

Danger in the deep: uncovering the vertical movement patterns of vulnerable deep-sea sharks

Deep-sea sharks are one of the most poorly studied groups of animals on the planet, yet, their populations are highly threatened by fisheries bycatch. Scientists in The Bahamas develop new field approaches to begin unearthing the vertical movements of a vulnerable deep-sea shark, the Cuban dogfish, and their findings from could help significantly reduce fisheries […]

How our Fear is Killing Sharks

Through my journey as a shark defender, I have realized the most challenging obstacle to tackle is the fear of sharks, rather than the actual killing of sharks; most people never encounter a shark in their lifetime, yet they are still scared of them and therefore don’t take the time to think much about shark […]

The Accidental Shark Researcher

Want to know more about getting started in shark research? Check out the story of Marianne Porter, an “accidental” shark researcher at Florida Atlantic University! Karla HaiatI’m an Undergraduate student at University of Rhode Island majoring in Ocean Engineering and Marine Biology. I’m interested in the intersection between technology, biology and ocean exploration, as well […]

It’s a whale, it’s a shark… No, it’s a whale shark!!

Whale sharks are pelagic gentle giants that attract many tourists to their aggregation sites, however, there is not much information on their mobile nature. Read on to learn about their aggregations in the Philippines. Article: Araujo, G., Snow, S., So, C. L., Labaja, J., Murray, R., Colucci, A., & Ponzo, A. (2017). Population structure, residency patterns […]

To Cull or Not to Cull: Determining Attitudes Towards Shark Mitigation Strategies

Opinions are like…well, you know…everyone’s got them. But how can we use what people think to make better decisions? Researchers in this study investigated beachgoers’ attitudes towards different methods to deter sharks from public beaches, in hoping that their opinions would reveal where we should most target education programs going forward. Read on to find […]

The G.O.A.T. of sharks: Where is the greatest of all hammerhead sharks going?

The great hammerhead is one of the most interesting yet illusive large coastal shark species. Herein, we review recent work aimed at identifying where this species is residing and moving to promote better management and conservation measures. Carolyn WheelerI am currently a PhD student studying marine science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with my […]

Secretos Profundos del Tiburón Martillo Común

Translated by Sandra Schleier, Original post BY KARLA HAIAT  Sábado de tiburones se place en presentar un artículo por el estudiante doctoral Mark Royer del Shark and Reef Fish Research Lab en el Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, dirigido por Carl Meyer y Kim Holland, dos de los científicos especialistas en tiburones más distinguidos del mundo. Aquí, Mark […]

Deep Secrets of the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Sharkbites Saturday is thrilled to feature a guest post by Mark Royer, a Ph.D. Student from the Shark and Reef Fish Research Lab at Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, led by Carl Meyer and Kim Holland, two of the most distinguished shark scientists in the world. Mark shared his current PhD dissertation research with us, along with some of […]

A Day in the Life of a Shark Intern

Ever wonder what it is like to work as an intern in shark research? Check out Karla’s article about her summer internship in Hawaii with the Holland lab group! Karla HaiatI’m an Undergraduate student at University of Rhode Island majoring in Ocean Engineering and Marine Biology. I’m interested in the intersection between technology, biology and […]

Shark Sanctuaries: Are They Enough to Save Sharks?

Article: Ward-Paige, C.A. (2017) A global overview of Shark Sanctuary Regulations and their impact on Shark Fisheries. Marine Policy. Volume 82. August 2017. Pg. 87-97. The Human- Shark Connection As Shark Week draws to a close, people around the world are reminded of their deep fascination with sharks and human interactions. However, while Shark Week […]

Behind the Scenes: Shark Week

In honor of Shark Week 2017, go behind the scenes of the episode Tiger Beach from Shark Week 2016! Carolyn WheelerI am currently a PhD student studying marine science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with my research based at the New England Aquarium. My research interests center around conservation physiology of fishes, particularly sharks, […]

Awareness Inspires Conservation

Save the whales… save the ocean… but save the sharks? This is a mission that is still new, and often surprising, to many. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is working hard to conserve white sharks specifically, and in doing so has learned that they have to work to change public perception of this critically important […]

Los tiburones y otros depredadores oceánicos dominantes: Aliados improbables al combatir el cambio climático

Translated by Sandra Schleier, Original Post  By ANNA ROBUCK Artículo Spiers, E.K.A., Stafford, R., Ramirez, M., Izurieta, D.F.V., Cornejo, M., Chavarria, J. 2016. Potential role of predators on carbon dynamics of marine ecosystems as assessed by a Bayesian belief network. Ecological Informatics, 36, 77-83. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2016.10.003 Tiburones proveen más que solo una sonrisa dentuda… Las redes alimentarias marinas saludables […]

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? Carolyn WheelerI am currently a PhD student studying marine science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with my research based at the New England […]

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. Anna RobuckI am a third year PhD student at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of […]

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