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Spiny Dogfish Catch a Break—No More Shark Finning in the U.S.!

A spiny dogfish (Squalis acanthias) in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: NOAA’s National Ocean Service / Flickr Creative Commons) Did you know that shark finning is still allowed in the U.S.? Despite the finning prohibition...Show More Summary

Genius River Bridge in Cocos Island, Costa Rica

The waters surrounding the small Costa Rican island of Cocos are infested with sharks, bringing with them poachers looking to cleave off some fins to sell. Yet thanks to the thankless efforts of local rangers, many of the illegal shark...Show More Summary

GIVEAWAY: Sharknado 2 Blu-ray and Autographed Shark Fin!

Actually, the headline doesn't tell the whole story, but we can only fit so much into it. This prize package is almost as stuffed with goodness as a mass of swirling air filled with carnivores....

Bluefin Tuna Could Be NYC's Next Banned Seafood

Just as the inhumane "delicacy" of shark fins was banned in New York City, soon too could bluefin tuna be ousted from city menus. A new measure being introduced today by City Council member Alan Maisel would ban selling anything "advertised or labeled" as bluefin in an effort to conserve the depleted populations of the prized fish. [ more › ]

Shark Fin Soup Banned by Marriott; What’s Next?

2 months agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

If you find shark fin soup served at a Marriott hotel property, you are asked to report it, as “Marriott announced a total ban on shark fin soup partnering with the Yao Ming Foundation to increase awareness on this issue”, according to... The post Shark Fin Soup Banned by Marriott; What’s Next? appeared first on The Gate.

Shark Fin Sales in China Show Promising Signs of Decline, Says Report

An oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharinus longimanus), a species commonly harvested for the shark fin trade. (Photo: Michael Aston / Flickr Creative Commons) Shark fin soup was once a delicacy in Asian nations reserved for the upper class, but in recent years, has become more readily available to both upper and middle classes. Show More Summary

Great White Shark Katharine Heads To South Carolina, Shark Attack Survivor Says Knowledge Dispels Fear

“It’s a shark!” they scream as the fin of a great white shark is spotted off the coast of South Carolina. But fear turns to relief as people realize: “Oh, it’s just Katharine the shark.” While that introduction may sound ridiculous, Paul de Gelder once had a close encounter with a shark attack and he

Ocean News: Nicaragua Dispatches Military to Protect Baby Turtles, New Zealand Bans Shark Finning, and More

An olive ridley sea turtle hatching, a species to be protected by the Nicaraguan military. (Photo: S M / Flickr Creative Commons) - As sea turtle hatching season gets underway in Nicaragua, the nation’s military has been sent to the coast to protect baby sea turtles from poachers. Show More Summary

How Shark Week’s ‘Fin of Fury’ composer creates suspense without horror

Shark Week concluded Saturday, and while, like in years past, this year’s 13 specials were all highly visual, music was equally integral.

Shark Week: Of Fins and Fiction

3 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

At the risk of sounding obvious — it’s Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual plug for the much maligned (but secretly awesome) top predators of the deep! Started in 1988, as a way for the station to capitalize on the lack … Continue reading ?

25-Foot Shark Swims Up To Boat: Washington Boaters Encounter Rare Basking Shark

Boaters in Washington encountered a huge shark while they were on the waters of Puget Sound last Saturday. Grace Coale and her father were out boating near Meadowdale Wharf off Edmonds when Coale noticed a 3-foot fin rising out of the water. My Northwest reports that whatever the unknown creature was, it began swimming towards

GoPros on dorsal fins: How a Shark Week filmmaker tells sharks’ stories

Shark Week is highly visual: Its name alone conjures up images of great white sharks breaching out of the sapphire blue waters

In the New York Seascape and Elsewhere, Shark Week Turns Our Thoughts to Vital Marine Habitat

Last summer while enjoying a summer day at the beach in Montauk, my wife suddenly recoiled in fear as she spied a silvery fin cutting through the waves near shore. While the fin belonged to a dolphin, like many Americans she could not...Show More Summary

Blue shark sparks panic on Rome beach

A blue shark that made a rare appearance in the shallow waters of a popular beach resort near Rome sparked panic and excitement among holidaymakers. One excited tourist told Il Messaggero daily how "the lifeguard saw the shark's fin and sounded the alarm. He said the blue shark, which usually inhabits deep tropical waters, is not considered dangerous unless it feels threatened.

Shark Week without sharks is just Week

We kill 100 million sharks a year -- many of them just for their fins. If we keep this up, Shark Week is going to be just a whole lotta blue.

Yao Ming Wants to Wean China off Ivory and Shark Fins

BEIJING – Former NBA all-star center Yao Ming is now dishing out assists to much wilder targets. After retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2011, Yao returned to China and set out to end his homeland’s traditional appetite for endangered and threatened animal products. As an ambassador for international conservation organization WildAid, Yao has campaigned…

12 Shark-Tastic Moments from Discovery Channel's Shark Week Event

Hermosa Beach, Calif. — Getting into a nearly head-to-toe shark costume is tricky business Hands must find their way into their corresponding fin, the wearer's head must pop directly into the open slot in the shark's mouth, and on aShow More Summary

Love Bites When You're a Shark

Sharks have feelings too. Discovery's annual Shark Week returns Sunday, exposing you to a metric ton of information about our finned friends. From their eating habits to how they care for their young, you'll learn a lot about these giants of the sea. Show More Summary

Shark Week: How Discovery chooses titles like ‘Air Jaws: Fin of Fury’

As Shark Week begins Sunday, Aug. 10, so does viewers’ amazement at the titles of Discovery’s new specials. “We have brainstorm meetings for

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