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Both SHARKS and RAYS have skeletons that are made entirely of cartilage (the hard part found in the middle of your nose). Sharks are the oldest known jawed animals on Earth, having evolved nearly ½billion years ago.

Despite human's fear and distrust of these ancient animals, only 4 people are fatally attacked by sharks each year. Conversely, 100 million sharks are killed by humans annually. An Ocean Love Story. Feeding a Hammerhead. School of Rays. A rare megamouth shark just washed up in the Philippines. The recent spate of strange shark sightings just keeps going.

A rare megamouth shark just washed up in the Philippines

Today, a rubbery-lipped, 15-ft. (4.5 m) beastie washed up on a beach in the Philippines. The creature turned out to be a megamouth shark—a species so rare that Christopher Bird, a marine zoologist and blogger, has estimated it’s only the 60th confirmed human encounter with one. Before 1976, no one had any idea megamouths existed (officially, at least). It was in Hawaii that year that a 14.6-footer gulped down a submerged parachute filled with sand, which a US Navy ship was using as an anchor. Scientists were as baffled as the crewmen: though loosely related to two other, mostly vegetarian, shark behemoths—the whale shark and the basking shark—the creature belonged to a previously unrecognized family, genus, and species.

Its family tree has something to do with its comically gaping maw. The rarity of sightings is one thing that still confounds Bird and other marine scientists. You might also like: Mysterious Sharks Seen For First Time in Australia. Shark biologists have announced the discovery of two sharks never seen before in Australian waters.

Mysterious Sharks Seen For First Time in Australia

Mandarin dogfish, Cirrhigaleus barbifer ( / 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. “After two years of thorough investigation which included DNA sequencing, the sharks were identified as mandarin dogfish (Cirrhigaleus barbifer), a species never before seen in Australia,” Dr Kempster said. “This species was known previously to be found only between Indonesia and Japan, and also New Zealand.” Fisherman Finds 2-Headed Bull Shark.

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.

Fisherman Finds 2-Headed Bull Shark

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. Technically called "axial bifurcation," the deformity is a result of the embryo beginning to split into two separate organisms, or twins, but doing so incompletely, Wagner told OurAmazingPlanet.

It's a very rare mutation that occurs across different animals, including humans. "Halfway through the process of forming twins, the embryo stops dividing," he said. Prehistoric shark captured on film. Flight of the Devil Rays. Whale Shark Being Hand Fed. 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.

Whale Shark Being Hand Fed

Related posts: Hunting a Shark From the Deep [Human Planet] Hand feeding wild Stingrays. Great White Shark chomping on my cage off Guadalupe Mexico. Bull Shark. John Singleton Copley "Watson and the Shark" (1778) Hammerhead swimming through kelp. Carpet Shark Eats Bamboo Shark. 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. Prehistoric Shark Species Found in Arizona. - 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.

Prehistoric Shark Species Found in Arizona

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. Whale Sharks photographed by Shawn Heinrich. Sea Turtles vs. Tiger Shark. Chomp! Tiger Shark. Me my Shark and I. That's one bad fish: Real-life Jaws scenario. By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 12:30 GMT, 24 October 2012 | Updated: 18:39 GMT, 24 October 2012.

That's one bad fish: Real-life Jaws scenario

Great white sharks back in Red Triangle. 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.

Great white sharks back in Red Triangle

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. The new robot, called the Wave Glider, is a solar-powered device with a satellite hookup developed by Sunnyvale's Liquid Robotics. Monitoring program. Giant Ray. Oceanic White Tip Shark. Size Comparisson of Great White, Whale Shark and Megalodon. Tonic immobility.

20 Things That Kill More People Than Sharks Every Year. Cyclops Shark & Other Cryptic Creatures. 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.

Cyclops Shark & Other Cryptic Creatures

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.

"As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded. " Great White Shark Attack. Basking Shark. The 10 Largest Sharks In The World. World-first hybrid shark found off Australia. Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world's first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan. "It's very surprising because no one's ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination," Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP. "This is evolution in action. " Colin Simpfendorfer, a partner in Morgan's research from James Cook University, said initial studies suggested the hybrid species was relatively robust, with a number of generations discovered across 57 specimens. It means the Australian black-tip could be adapting to ensure its survival as sea temperatures change because of global warming. Manta Ray with Divers. Goblin Shark. Lurking Great White. Swimming With Great White Sharks. Shoal of Hammerhead Sharks. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography Tags:

Shoal of Hammerhead Sharks

Giant manta rays dwarf divers. Whale Sharks Feeding. "icy great white shark" Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography Tags: ocean. Shark Week - Subaquatic Road Trip. Shark Threat Display. Threat display of a grey reef shark. The postures become more exaggerated as the danger perceived by the shark increases. Shark threat display, a type of agonistic display, is a behaviour observed in some sharks when they feel threatened or protective.

Ray Migration. Whale Shark Siphons Fish Through Hole in Net. Manta Ray and Scuba Diver. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography, people photography. Putting Size into Perspective. Moose-eating shark rescued by Canadians. Two quick-thinking men on Newfoundland's northeast coast managed to save a Greenland shark from choking to death on a large piece of moose hide this past weekend.

Derrick Chaulk said he was driving down a road by the harbour in Norris Arm North this past Saturday when he saw what he thought was a beached whale. When Chaulk went closer to investigate, he realized it was a shark, which he estimated was about 2.5 metres long, and weighed about 115 kg. America’s health craze for fish oil is wiping out the world’s rarest shark. Another day, another round of headlines about China’s butchering of rare species. Today’s bloodbath bulletin concerns whale sharks, which feed on plankton and can grow up to 40 feet (12 meters)—about the length of four station wagons.

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