Over the last three decades scalloped hammerhead sharks have been fished and finned to near extinction, their numbers dropping around 95 percent across the world, though the recent discovery of a newly documented ‘twin’ species means this tragedy is actually two-fold.
As if the long-term outlook for scalloped hammerheads were not grim enough, researchers say that finding a look-alike species suggests that past marine censuses had likely inflated the figures of their already dwindling population. This new species, as yet unnamed, was first discovered off the coast of Nova Scotia in 2005, and was thought to be a localized variant.
We gathered 51 samples from restaurants in 14 cities and found one made from the fin of a scalloped hammerhead, which is endangered. We discovered samples containing fin of vulnerable and near-threatened species, including bull, smooth hammerhead, school, spiny dogfish and copper sharks.
I am a shark attack survivor, but I appreciate the importance of these predators for the health of the ocean. I have dedicated my life to helping them.
Would you eat tiger soup? Of course not. It’s a species facing extinction. But if you eat shark fin soup, you could hasten the demise of animals facing a similar plight, because nearly a third of all shark species are in peril.
He can still catch seals, but he has to sneak up on them when while they’re asleep. Maybe he’s just not in a hurry?
“We think that the slow speed of Greenland sharks might be due to low water temperature in the Arctic Ocean,” lead author Yuuki Watanabe of the National Institute of Polar Research told Discovery News.
The shark in the photo has a data logger on his back so they can learn more about these slowpokes.
iku, a polar bear cub born in captivity in Denmark, has taken the Internet by storm. It’s not a surprise, he’s so cute!
When Siku was born at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park November 22, 2011 his mother had not produced milk for three years.
“Instead of leaving the cub to die we decided to try to bottle feed it,” according to the website for the Park. Siku is comfortable around humans and is feeding from a bottle. The site informs visitors Siku weighs just over seven pounds as of December 22, and is “thriving!!!!!” (the emphasis is theirs).