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New research into Yucatan whale shark movements Photo

New research into Yucatan whale shark movements

Robert Hueter, a marine biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, has published a paper in the PLoS ONE journal describing the movements of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) that aggregate around the Yucatan Peninsula off Mexico.

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Divers carry out sea urchin cull Photo

Divers carry out sea urchin cull

The LA Times reports that divers will be carrying out a cull of purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. (Image by Kirt L. Onthank, many thanks to Christopher Robinson, Editor, Outdoor Photographer magazine for the heads up).

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Florida policeman stops traffic to save turtle hatchlings Photo

Florida policeman stops traffic to save turtle hatchlings

Sarasota policeman Derek Conley was on patrol at 1 a.m. last Saturday when he found turtle hatchlings in a hotel parking lot. He and passers-by gathered them into a box and then released them into the water. The officer was forced to stop traffic several times in order to do so and he estimates that some 90-100 turtles were saved. (Image by Sarasota police)

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Thresher sharks stun prey with tail slaps Photo

Thresher sharks stun prey with tail slaps

A paper in the journal PLoS ONE about the hunting strategies of pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus) has shown that the animals do use their tales to stun prey. The behavior was investigated at Pescador Island in the Philippines over 5 months in 2010, using a video camera to record the predation. (Image from Shutterstock)

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Japan in the dock: Australia and New Zealand go to court over whaling Photo

Japan in the dock: Australia and New Zealand go to court over whaling

A hearing is currently underway in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Hague, Netherlands which will rule over Japan’s use of a “scientific” rationale for continuing whaling in the Southern Oceans. Australia brought the case against Japan in the ICJ, which is highest court in the world. Historically, Japan has justified its whaling by using Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which allows for the harvesting of animals for research purposes.

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Federal government denies protection to great white sharks Photo

Federal government denies protection to great white sharks

The U.S. Federal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has declined to protect great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) off the coast of California under the Endangered Species Act. This was despite there being significant scientific evidence that the Californian populations consists of less than 350 animals. (Image from Shutterstock)

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Lionfish found at depth off Florida Photo

Lionfish found at depth off Florida

The submersible Antipodes has just found significant concentrations of invasive lionfish (Pterois sp.) at depths of between 100 and 265 ft off Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The fish are very efficient predators and since 1985, when they were first sighted in Florida, have been out-competing native species for prey.

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NOAA proposal weakens state shark finning statutes Photo

NOAA proposal weakens state shark finning statutes

A proposal by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the implementation of the 2010 Shark Conservation Act has the potential to weaken existing state laws on finning. The majority of the state legislation is more restrictive than the Act’s and also focus on trade in shark fin and some feel that the new law will weaken the U.S.A.’s leadership in shark conservation. (Image from Shutterstock)

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