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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 half a billion years ago.

Despite human's fear and distrust of these ancient animals, only 4 people are fatally attacked by sharks each year. In comparison, 100 million sharks are killed annually. An Ocean Love Story. Feeding a Hammerhead. School of Rays. 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 (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. 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.

Prehistoric shark captured on film. Flight of the Devil Rays. May 19, 2012 The phenomenal picture above was taken in 2009 in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Baja California in Mexico.

Flight of the Devil Rays

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] 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. Amazing shot from above of shark attack. John Singleton Copley "Watson and the Shark" (1778) Hammerhead swimming through kelp. Pictures of Peculiar Sharks. Photograph courtesy Tom Mannering A shark has been caught on camera making a meal of another shark along Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Pictures of Peculiar Sharks

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. 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. 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. Sea Turtles vs. Tiger Shark. Chomp! A lemon shark bites another on the snout in waters off the Bahamas.

Chomp!

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. 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 These terrifying pictures show the moment a photographer was circled by a hungry shark - for two hours.

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

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. 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. Giant Ray. Oceanic White Tip Shark. 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. 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. 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. 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: Giant manta rays dwarf divers. Whale Sharks Feeding. "icy great white shark" Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography Tags: 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. America’s health craze for fish oil is wiping out the world’s rarest shark.


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