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    Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty A black-tip sharks is seen swimming during a baited shark dive in Umkomaas near Durban, South Africa, on December 10, 2020. Sharks are some of the most ecologically important and most threatened animals on Earth. Recent reports show that up to one-third of all known species of sharks and their relatives, rays, are threatened with extinction. Unsustainable overfishing is the biggest threat by far. Losing sharks can disrupt coastal food webs that billions of people depend on for food. When food chains lose their top predators, the rest can unravel as smaller prey species multiply. In my years of talking with the public about sharks and ocean conservation, I’ve found that many people care about sharks and want to help but don’t know how. The solutions can be quite technical, and it’s challenging to understand and appreciate the scale and scope of some of the threats. At the same time, there is an enormous amount of oversimplification and even misinformation about these important topics, which can lead well-intentioned people to support...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 9 petitions you should sign this week, including Help Protect Sharks in Florida, Tell States to Ban Gas-Powered Cars, Urge Chinese Authorities to Help Save the Dugong, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Help Protect Sharks in Florida ...
    THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave fans a glimpse of their Caribbean tour by posting a video of them diving in the barrier reef on social media. The couple uploaded an underwater video of them exploring the second largest reef in the world – which they described as a “privilege”. 2The Cambridges got up close and personal with sea creatures during their diving sessionCredit: Instagram 2The couple pictured catching a breatherCredit: Instagram Alongside the video they posted to their official Instagram account, they wrote: “Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. "While the effects of climate change are evident, the Government of Belize and communities across the country deserve huge recognition for their efforts to restore this incredible marine environment - with a commitment to protect 30% of it by 2030. “On Sunday, we were lucky enough to spend time diving at South Water Caye, directly above the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef. "It was a privilege to see for ourselves the world-leading ocean conservation work being done here.” The video, which showed the...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Sharks don’t have the best reputation amongst humans, even though humans kill way more sharks every year than sharks kill humans. In media and consequently, many people’s imaginations, sharks are ruthless animals that will kill someone if given the chance. The truth of the matter is, sharks are much more scared of humans than people can imagine. Furthermore, some sharks don’t even have the big, pointy teeth that make humans so afraid of them.   Basking sharks, which can be up to forty-five feet long and ten thousand pounds, are the second-largest fish after whale sharks. Despite their intimidating size, these sharks are harmless to humans. Their main food source is plankton, which they catch by swimming near the surface with their mouths open. Sadly, these amazing animals are currently listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. While there are many protections currently in place for basking sharks, this wasn’t always the case. They used to be heavily hunted...
    The San Jose Sharks have acquired goalie Adin Hill from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for a 2022 second-round draft pick and goalie Josef Korenar. A source confirmed the outline of the deal that The Athletic first reported Saturday morning. Hill, 25, was a third-round draft pick of the Coyotes in 2015. This past season, Hill had a 9-9-1 record with a .913 save percentage. For his NHL career, Hill owns a 19-21-4 record and .909 save percentage. Teams around the NHL were feeling some urgency in recent days to get assets for players they could not protect in the next week’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken. Teams are allowed to protect just one goalie, and the Coyotes already have Darcy Kuemper under contract for next season at a $4.5 million cap hit. Hill is a pending restricted free agent. Saturday marked the last day NHL teams other than Seattle could make trades before rosters were frozen until after Wednesday’s expansion draft. Hill is entering his sixth professional season. Please check back for...
    SAN JOSE — The Sharks have signed forward Dylan Gambrell to a one-year, $1.1 million contract extension, officially meeting their exposure requirement for the expansion draft the Seattle Kraken will hold next week. For the July 21 expansion draft, NHL teams can protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters — regardless of position — and one goalie. With the Sharks expected to protect seven forwards, they needed to expose at least two more forwards who are signed through next season and played either 40 games this past year or 70 or more games the last two years. The Sharks signed the first of those forwards, Matt Nieto, to a two-year, $1.7 million deal last month. If the Sharks do not make any personnel changes before the expansion draft, they figure to protect Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc, Rudolfs Balcers, and newly signed Jonathan Dahlén. Balcers remains a restricted free agent. Among their defense corps, the Sharks need to protect Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic because of...
    (CNN)Deep in the Pacific Ocean, an underwater "superhighway" stretches roughly 700 kilometers (430 miles) between the marine reserves of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands and Cocos Island, off the coast of Costa Rica. It's vital to the sea life -- including sea turtles, whale sharks and hammerhead sharks -- that moves back and forth between the islands, looking for a place to nest or foraging for food.But the route can be dangerous. Unlike the marine reserves at each end, the swimway is open to fishing vessels. Data shows that populations of migratory species, many of which are already endangered, are declining. Schools of hammerhead sharks migrate along the swimway. (Courtesy Alex Hearn)Protecting biodiversity hotspots around the islands is not enough, says Alex Hearn, biology professor and founding member of MigraMar, a coalition of scientists and environmental groups. His team is campaigning for the entire swimway to be protected -- an area that would stretch over 240,000 square kilometres (93,000 square miles) of ocean, about the size of the United Kingdom. Read MoreThis would extend fishing restrictions beyond the current 22-kilometer radius...
    SAN JOSE — The Sharks have re-signed forward Matt Nieto to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday. The deal, according to a source, carries an average annual value of $850,000. Nieto, 28, had two goals and five assists in 28 games for the Sharks this season before he came down with a hip flexor issue, which would prematurely end his season. Nieto averaged 14:00 of ice time per game, as he was used mainly in a bottom-six forward role and as one of Sharks’ top penalty-killers. “Matt brings a consistent, veteran presence to our line-up, and his speed and defensive awareness have made him a valuable part of our penalty-killing unit,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “Additionally, his ability to chip in offensively gives our coaching staff a versatile option in crafting our line-up from night to night.” By signing Nieto, the Sharks get closer to meeting their exposure requirement for next month’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken. If the Sharks elect to protect seven forwards, which is likely, they’ll...
    On Monday, National Geographic announced that they had chosen Marvel star Chris Hemsworth to host their new hour-long unscripted special Shark Beach, TVLine reported earlier today. According to the article, the 36-year-old actor will chat with some of the most renowned shark experts in the world. These experts include advocates, surfers, marine biologists, and ocean conservationists. Together, they will “investigate how the co-existence of humans and sharks is kept safe,” and attempt to uncover why shark attacks have been on the rise in Australia. Along with hosting Shark Beach, Hemsworth will also serve as an executive producer. “I’ve spent a great deal of my life near or in the ocean, sharing the same backyard with sharks, and recently there’s been some growing concern regarding an increase in shark activity,” said the Thor actor. Hemsworth also stressed the importance of respecting sharks because “our oceans depend on these apex predators for a biodiverse ecosystem.” Aside from learning more about sharks and how they impact our oceans, he said it was equally important for people to learn how to protect themselves in...
    The world's largest shark has thousands of teeth surrounding each of its eyes that act like armor. Marine biologists from Japan discovered the dermal denticles lining the outer surface of the membrane and each has some 3,000 teeth around it. Because whale sharks do not have eyelids, the rows of 'oak leaf-like' structures protect their eyes, which contradicts theories that this species does not rely heavily on its vision.  Along with the dermal denticles, researchers also demonstrated that the whale shark has the ability to retract about 50 percent of its eyeball into the socket. Scroll down for video  The world's largest shark has thousands of teeth surrounding each of its eyes that act like armor. The eyes are located on the side of the shark's square-like head (picture A) A team from Japan's Okinawa Churashima Research Center examined both living and dead whale sharks from aquariums in Japan and the US. Whale sharks are the largest of their kind, as they can grow as large as 59 feet long. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
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