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Both sharks and rays are Chondrichthyes, meaning their skeletons are made entirely of cartilage (the hard part found in the middle of your nose). Sharks are the oldest jawed animals found on the planet today, having evolved over 450 million years ago. Despite human's fear and distrust of these animals, more people are killed by falling vending machines every year than are killed and eaten by sharks. Jun 12

An Ocean Love Story
Feeding a Hammerhead
Shark biologists have announced the discovery of two sharks never seen before in Australian waters. Mandarin dogfish, Cirrhigaleus barbifer (OpenCage.info / CC BY-SA 2.5) “The rare sharks were caught off Rottnest Island two years ago at a depth of 1410 feet (430 m) by local recreational fisherman Steve Downs,” explained Dr Ryan Kempster, biologist with the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute. Mr Downs gave the sharks to a group of researchers at the Oceans the University of Western Australia. The specimens were a male just under 3.3 feet (1 m) long and a pregnant female about 4 feet (1.2 m) long. Mysterious Sharks Seen For First Time in Australia Mysterious Sharks Seen For First Time in Australia
When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark's live fetuses had two heads. The fisherman kept the odd specimen, and shared it with scientists, who described it in a study published online today (March 25) in the Journal of Fish Biology. It's one of the very few examples of a two-headed shark ever recorded — there about six instances in published reports — and the first time this has been seen in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, a study co-author and researcher at Michigan State University. Fisherman Finds 2-Headed Bull Shark Fisherman Finds 2-Headed Bull Shark
Prehistoric shark captured on film
May 19, 2012 The phenomenal picture above was taken in 2009 in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Baja California in Mexico. It was the winner of ‘Underwater World’ category at the 2010 Environment Photographer of the Year awards organized by CIWEM. German photographer Florian Schulz said the scope of the ray congregations was unknown until he and a pilot happened upon the gathering while searching for migrating whales. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Munk’s devil rays as near threatened, due in part to their vulnerability to gill nets—hard-to-see “curtains” of netting. [Source: National Geographic] Flight of the Devil Rays Flight of the Devil Rays
Whale shark close to sitting in a boat fisherman,who feeds her from the hands of saltwater shrimp in shallow waters off the coast of Oslob, Philippines.Local fishermen are willing to show the audience admired the amazing process of feeding the giant fish length exceeding 7.5 metra.Mestnye fishermen consider whale shark as a kind of a good deity patronizing them and bringing a good catch.That did not stop enterprising locals demand from Shawn and a half dollars for every shot they made,which was recorded feeding process akul.Sharks filter the water for feeding,so the man is,in principle,are safe.Local residents in the past engaged in fishing whale sharks due to the fact that the high demand in the markets enjoyed their meat and fins,but these fish are now in the Philippines under the protection and there is a ban on their fishing. Related posts: Whale Shark Being Hand Fed Whale Shark Being Hand Fed
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Bull Shark
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"Watson and the Shark" - 1778
Hammerhead swimming through kelp
Photograph courtesy Tom Mannering A shark has been caught on camera making a meal of another shark along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Released earlier this month, the pictures show a tasseled wobbegong halfway through swallowing a brownbanded bamboo shark. Daniela Ceccarelli and David Williamson, from Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, chanced on the spectacle while conducting a fish census on the fringing reef off Great Keppel Island. "The first thing that caught my eye was the almost translucent white of the bamboo shark," Ceccarelli said in an email. Pictures of Peculiar Sharks Pictures of Peculiar Sharks
- During the Middle Permian era 270 million years ago, Arizona was home to a diverse shark population. - Numerous new sharks from that period have been discovered, with three now described in detail. - The three sharks ranged from small to large, but all were toothy and ate other sharks. The remains of several new toothy shark species, with at least three dating to 270 million years ago, have been unearthed in Arizona, according to a new study. The research, published in the latest issue of Historical Biology, suggests that Arizona was home to the most diverse collection of sharks in the world during the pre-dinosaur Middle Permian era. Prehistoric Shark Species Found in Arizona Prehistoric Shark Species Found in Arizona
Sea Turtles vs. Tiger Shark
Chomp! Chomp! A lemon shark bites another on the snout in waters off the Bahamas. Photographer Matt Heath said: "The sharks in this picture were competing for a piece of fish that I was hand-feeding them. I was trying to feed one of the sharks when the other came in and bit at the fish at the same time.
Tiger Shark
Me my Shark and I
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12:30 GMT, 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 18:39 GMT, 24 October 2012 These terrifying pictures show the moment a photographer was circled by a hungry shark - for two hours. Brave Sam Cahir refused to panic during the real-life Jaws scenario - getting in the water with his camera to capture these incredible shots. Australian Sam had been taking part in a Great White tagging trip when he found himself face-to-face with the deadly predator off the Neptune Islands, South Australia. That's one bad fish: Real-life Jaws scenario That's one bad fish: Real-life Jaws scenario
Scientists are all but running giddily into the surf with fancy new gadgetry as the annual migration of great white sharks hits full swing along the Pacific coast and reports flood in about finned beasts lurking in shallow waters. The ferocious predators have returned to their feeding grounds in the so-called Red Triangle, an area roughly between Monterey Bay, the Farallon Islands and Bodega Head, but sharks have been spotted all along the coast, including a 20-footer seen last weekend next to Moss Landing Harbor. The appearance of the great whites could not come at a better time for researchers, who recently deployed a new robotic device that can identify and track the movements of sharks and other fish equipped with acoustic monitoring devices. Great white sharks back in Red Triangle Great white sharks back in Red Triangle
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20 Things That Kill More People Than Sharks Every Year Shark killing is making thousands of people rich, so that´s the different, the only way to save the sharks is to stop fishing them, no meat allowed to be sold anyplace in the world, no sharkskin use for complements as wallet, bags,etc… No shark liver oil which is used for make-ups, medicines, no shark cartilage used for medicine mainly bodybuilders take it. So more fishing shark anywhere in the world. Stop any kind of Shark Trading that´s the only way to save them, but the rich people won´t care at all, it´s better to be super ambitious and clean the whole earth of sharks, that´s the way of thinking of businessmen 20 Things That Kill More People Than Sharks Every Year
In this world of Photoshop and online scams, it pays to have a hearty dose of skepticism at reports of something strange — including an albino fetal shark with one eye smack in the middle of its nose like a Cyclops. But the Cyclops shark, sliced from the belly of a pregnant mama dusky shark caught by a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of California earlier this summer, is by all reports the real thing. Shark researchers have examined the preserved creature and found that its single eye is made of functional optical tissue, they said last week. It's unlikely, however, that the malformed creature would have survived outside the womb. "This is extremely rare," shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana of Mexico's Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar told the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing blog in July. Cyclops Shark & Other Cryptic Creatures
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The 10 Largest Sharks In The World 10. Bigeye Thresher Shark Scientific name: Alopias superciliosusLargest recorded: 16ft, 800lbsDanger to humans: noneOther facts: its eyes have been recorded as reaching a diameter of up to 3.9in
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