sharks and rays

Home sealife sharks and rays
Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Have you seen Basking Sharks, Jellyfish or Turtles in UK Waters?

The Marine Conservation Society wants to know if you’ve seen any basking sharks, turtles or jellyfish – in UK and Irish waters. Jellyfish? Yes, because...

Snorkeller killed by shark at St Johns, Egypt

A female French tourist was attacked and killed by a shark while snorkelling at the Saint John's reefs in the Red Sea. The first...
Grey reef sharks

Diving with Sharks – Good or Bad?

Does diving with sharks and rays affect their behaviour? How can divers and dive operators ensure that they dive with sharks responsibly?
Sharks in the Pacific

Scientists say 90% Shark Loss at Populated Pacific Islands

Pairs of SCUBA divers towed behind a small boat have been recording shark numbers at both heavily populated Pacific islands and islands away from...
Endangered Sawfish Strategy Launched

Plan to save sawfish – most endangered fish in the sea

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes. The strategy by...

New initiative to reduce shark deaths

Today, the Shark-Marina, a not-for-profit company launches its strategy to prevent the deaths of millions of vulnerable and endangered species of shark. The...
Florida sharks worth more alive than dead, says study

Florida sharks worth much more alive than dead, says study

Shark-related dives in Florida alone generates more than 200 times that of the shark fin trade in the whole of the USA.
White tip reef shark

Will Marine Reserve Protect Coral Sea Sharks?

Shark fishing needs to be banned at Osprey and Shark Reef in the Coral Sea for a Marine Reserve to work, concludes a study published yesterday. It is estimated that each year, live-aboard dive boats are directly responsible for generating at least AU$16 M worth of income. Of all the Coral Sea reef systems, Osprey Reef has the highest visitation rate by tourism operators, primarily to conduct shark dives. So, the depletion of reef sharks at Osprey Reef would have serious financial ramifications for the area. To put this into perspective, in the Maldives, the removal of only 20 grey reef sharks, with a market value of only AU$1 000, caused an estimated loss of AU$500 000 annually in diving revenue.
Bull Shark, Carcharhinus leucas

First Evidence of Multiple Paternity in Bull Sharks

A single litter of bull shark pups can have two fathers, say French researchers. The scientists tested the embryos from four bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas)...
Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus

Basking shark mystery solved

Once thought of as a strictly cool-water species, basking sharks migrate to tropical waters each winter, according to research published in the June 2009...