Photo of the megamouth that was found off East Africa. Wildlife Conservation Society, Tanzania Marine Programme.
Across the world, fewer than 280 megamouth sharks have ever been seen. The first sighting in east Africa has just come to light.
Blue sharks are popular targets of a catch-and-release fishery along the southern coast of England.
Trophy fishing is a big threat to some of the most threatened species of fish, but there are ways to adapt the sport with marine conservation in mind.
A paleontologist wears a T-shirt showing
Strophodus rebecae, a shark species with flat teeth that lived millions of years ago.
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‘Jaws,’ published in 1974, terrified the public of sharks, but it also brought shark research into the scientific mainstream.
A tiger shark swims among surgeonfish off Fuvahmulah Atoll, Maldives, in the Indian Ocean.
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A new initiative is pinpointing areas in the world’s oceans that are key habitats for sharks and their relatives, so that governments can consider protecting these areas.
Rather than a tracking tag telling scientists where this shark traveled, its violent removal let them observe an unexpected regeneration process.
After scientists’ GPS tracking tag was violently removed from one shark’s dorsal fin, they were in for a surprise: The wound didn’t just heal, but the missing tissue grew back.
A scene from Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie, Jaws.
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Peter Benchley’s classic 1974 ‘man versus beast’ blockbuster novel doubled as a scathing critique of 1970s America. Spielberg’s film made its characters likeable – and its tone into a ‘grand adventure’.
A school of grunts on a sunken World War II German submarine in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina.
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When ships sink, they add artificial structures to the seafloor that can quickly become diverse, ecologically important underwater communities.
Drone view of men with fishing rods on the beach at Gqeberha, South Africa.
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Increased interest in recreational fishing with drones has led to concern about its environmental and social impact.
Canals carry PFAS into Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
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Scientists found PFAS hot spots in Miami’s Biscayne Bay where the chemicals are entering coastal waters and reaching the ocean. Water samples point to some specific sources.
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Archaeologists have discovered two 7,000-year-old tiger shark teeth that were once part of ritual or fighting blades on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Scalloped hammerheads pose no risk to us – but we pose enormous risk to them. Our discovery of a large new aggregation gives us an opportunity to protect these animals.
White sharks are migrating to survive. Morne Hardenberg.
South Africa’s white shark population is not in decline but migrating to survive.
Tim Flannery with a model set of jaws of a megalodon at the Australian Museum, and, on right, a megalodon tooth.
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Megalodons are having a cultural moment. What do we know about them? And might further scientific discoveries reveal more about the true shape and size of these creatures?
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A paleobiologist on why he appreciates the franchise despite its inaccuracies.
Marine Futures Lab
Open ocean sharks are globally threatened with extinction. Knowing where they are helps us protect them. Here, new research into silky sharks reveals priorities for conservation.
Some baby sharks eat their unborn siblings in utero, while others spend 100 years in childhood. Sink your teeth into the weird world of these juvenile wonders of the deep.
Sharks and rays are rapidly declining globally, and their situation is representative of many other exploited marine species that lack scientific monitoring.
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Through regulation, enforcement and monitoring, fisheries management can lead to recoveries in shark and ray populations.
An Atlantic guitarfish swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Rhino rays, which are close relative of sharks, are some of the most fascinating – and most threatened – fishes that you’ve never heard of.
Shark and stingray populations have declined by 71 per cent in the last half-century.
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Over 100 shark and ray species were recently added to an international treaty, known as the CITES list, to protect them from the threat of unsustainable and illegal trade.
A green turtle on Aldabra entangled in abandoned fishing gear.
Remote islands in the Indian Ocean are now strewn with plastic waste – the origin of this waste has until now not been established.