First C-Section Performed on a Shark!

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August 6, 2013) – For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, a Cesarean section has been performed on a shark. A team of shark experts and veterinarians performed the groundbreaking procedure on a whitetip reef shark at Discovery Cove, SeaWorld’s sister park, in Orlando on July 18, 2013. Six months into the shark’s gestation, the park’s animal team noticed a complication with her pregnancy and determined an emergency C-section was necessary. sharks wildlife

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Huge Numbers of Shark Fins Harvested in Taiwan

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million sharks each year for their fins. taiwan shark fins sharkA local group claims Taiwan kills up to 3.86

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The No. 2 Week of Sharks Returns! #SharkFest

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SharkFest, television’s second-best-known week of sharks, returns to Nat Geo WILD on Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM ET. In addition, decorated Olympian Ryan Lochte makes a splash to help spread the word about the most sharks per square inch … Continue reading → sharks tv wildlife

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Finless Shark Found in the Phillipines

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The shark's fins had been cut and he was still alive when found, but sadly died. Ironically, this was just after a conference on saving sharks held in the Phillipines. Last week, representatives of some 50 countries attended the third meeting of the International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks (SHARKS III) hosted by the Philippines in Manila. Eleven of them signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging to protect the whale sharks.

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The Horrors of Shark Finning

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The following is a guest post about the horrors of shark finning. Sharks are a regular feature on television channels like the Discovery Channel, with even entire weeks devoted to this majestic sea creature. from home often does not give weight to the real struggles and dangers that many sharks face, including the barbaric practice of shark finning. The shark is thrown back because shark fins are often more valuable than the meat itself.

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Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE

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They aren’t cute and cuddly, but sharks are still very important! Nat Geo Wild is airing an amazing show tonight called Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE! Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE will feature a team of free-divers and conservationists putting their safety on the line to separate myth from reality and dispel negative myths about sharks while raising public awareness about shark species which are being driven to extinction.

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Return of the Land Shark

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Researchers at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama conducting a two-year study focusing on the diets of Tiger Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico have made an alarming discovery: not only are these sharks eating the expected fish and other assorted marine organisms, but they’re also eating land-based songbirds! ABC reports that the sharks are now known to devour migrating birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, meadowlarks, catbirds, kingbirds, and swallows. Asides sharks

New Laws to Start in California

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California SB 917 Two new laws in Oregon and California prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins. The California law specifies that a person must hold a license in order to possess shark fins for scientific purposes. In addition, restaurants may possess and sell shark fins purchased before Jan. neglect california legislation shark fins shark animal welfare animal lawFrom Hometown Station AM 1220.

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Shark Bay and Monkey Mia

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Shark Bay is one of the most famous tourist destinations in West Australia, and until recently was therefore not a place I was particularly interested in visiting. Shark Bay is pretty. Shark Bay is an enormous feature, a huge bay surrounded by deserty-scrub right on the edge of the tropics. The same trip also found me a White-spotted Guitarshark , a large ray that’s an odd cross between a shark and a ray.

Biting the bullet or jumping the shark? A potential Baikal Wagtail in Germany

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Comparing it to “my” bird, I can’t help but feel I’ll have to jump the shark … Birds Europe Germany vagrant vagrants wagtailsI recently saw and photographed what appears to be a Baikal Wagtail ( Motacilla alba-or-not baicalensis ) in Germany. If I am correct, this would apparently constitute a first record for the Western Palearctic. So it may turn out to be a bit of a big deal. Or a bit of a PR disaster for my birding skillz if I am not correct.

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Living Planet Aquarium ticket giveaway!

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If you want to see a virtual fly through of what the new facility will look like, here is a video: I am pretty excited about the new building, especially because there will be a tunnel of sharks to walk under, and more penguins! I also really love the sea turtle, and the “petting” area where you can touch little sharks and rays. Of course, the gift shop is a lot of fun too, they even have this big “Bruce the shark” hanging out there.

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Animal Altruism?

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Dolphins appear to have saved a human from a shark. See here

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Oil to Hit US Shore Either this Sunday or Monday

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The animals threatened most by the spill are bluefin tuna, sea turtles, brown pelicans, shrimp and sharks. That's when the full impact of the oil spill on wildlife will be seen. Right now, there are still no confirmed deaths due to the spill, but rescue groups are gearing up for the worst.

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Asian Countries Score Another Victory Over Marine Animals

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Delegates to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) conference in Qatar voted down three of four proposals to protect sharks. This really sucks. According to the New York Times. China, by far the world’s largest consumer of the cartilaginous fish, for sharkfin soup, and Japan, which has battled to keep the convention from being extended to any marine species, led the opposition.

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Ningaloo Reef

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The long reef is home to an annual coral spawning event that attracts enormous numbers of charismatic marine megafauna, from whales to Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. The purpose of our trip up Western Australia’s coast was to allow Mum to celebrate her significant birthday milestone of turning 40 by swimming with whale sharks. One one of the swims I even had a small and curious Silky Shark swim past, a lifer shark for me! Whale sharks are amazing!

Marine Animals Trying to Escape from Oil Spill

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Like forest creatures trying to escape a fire, marine animals such as dolphins, sharks, mullets, crabs, rays and fish are congregating in surprisingly shallow waters off the Florida coast line as they flee the encroaching oil spill. From ShortNews.com.literally, short, short news!

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Marine Life Top of CITES Meeting Agenda

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Apart from issues like combating elephant poaching for ivory in Africa and banning trade in polar bear skins, those focusing on sharks and tuna are likely to be among the most contentious. Oh look, more meetings. From Al Jazeera. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites that opened in the Qatari capital on Saturday will be discussing 42 proposals during the next two weeks.

Dead Sea Lions in Puget Sound - Again

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The animal protection group Seal Sitters says a necropsy showed that the sea lion had suffered a shark bite and had twisted intestines in addition to a bullet wound. This has happened before. I don't know whether these are disgruntled fishermen or regular jerks. Here's the whole story from the Washington Post National. Washington wildlife officials say eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks — all apparently shot.

Swimming with dolphins

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Dolphins are basically just smart sharks that breath air. Sure, you might say that sharks eat people and dolphins don’t, but most sharks don’t eat people, and we can’t rule out the possibility that dolphins are simply better at doing it without getting caught. But I like sharks too, in fact given the choice of swimming with a shark or a dolphin I’d take either, but secretly I’d want the shark.

Celebrate Mother’s Day!

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This episode takes a look at four very different animals; the Lemon Shark, Emperor Penguins, Red Kangaroos, and Parasitic Wasps. Want to celebrate all the mothers? Not just the human kind? Then I have a show and book for you! In the Womb: Extreme Animals is premiering just in time to celebrate Mother’s day! The show airs on Sunday May 10th, 2009 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

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Deadliest Animals in the United States

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Looks like sharks really aren’t so bad after all. What do you think of this “Deadliest Animals in the United States” infographic? Pretty interesting, isn’t it? Maybe they should have “Deer Week” on the Discovery Channel instead (ha, ha, ha). Via: ZoologyDegreeOnline.com. wildlife

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Though some commercial fisheries have been well managed, others have been a disaster (Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Hawaiian lobster, sharks). To the Editor: “ Last Act for the Bluefin ” (editorial, Nov. 9) has it right. The bluefin tuna needs an immediate respite from all fishing. No wildlife species, especially a migratory one shared in common by many nations, can withstand commercial hunting without end.

The Ole’ Bucket List

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The list kinds crystalized during my first big trip, on which I knocked off my two big targets (the manta ray and whale shark) but since then beyond seeing an antelope (and then many other different kinds), it hasn’t budged much at all. Hammerhead shark. Technically I have seen one of these, but it was the weird runty mangrove species the other hammerhead sharks don’t talk about (the Bonnethead). Hammerhead shark by Barry Peters (CC).

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of June 2017?

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Oh, to be birding at Shark Bay in Australia. Mid-June causes confusion in the United States, in that summer hasn’t officially started but life post-Memorial Day definitely carries that summer feeling, Except, of course, that some parts of the country have been downright chilly. What season are we in right now? Conditions vary wherever you are, but take comfort in the fact that birds hang around whatever the season.

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California’s Autumn Seas

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Fall is the transition season, and for a while I used to be the transition guy, linking up the crazy summer seabird season on the Farallon Islands with the slightly more laid back fall landbird and shark season there. Come September most of the summer seabird people had left, but there were a small number of seabirds still breeding and so I stayed behind for three years to continue their monitoring and do the migrant landbird surveys, as well as the Great White Shark surveys.

A Single Purple Gallinule

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In November, I visited the Shark Valley Visitor Center and nature trails with my mother and husband, neither of whom have ever seen this part of the Everglades before. All birders love the Everglades. There are so few places on Earth where one can see thousands and thousands and thousands of wading birds on a single visit, their white and blue and pink bodies contrasting with the golden swishing of marsh grasses or the deep green of cypress swamps.

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What is a Nictitating Membrane?

10,000 Birds

Some birds, reptiles, and sharks have nictitating membranes as well as a few mammals. A nictitating membrane is a third eyelid that is translucent or clear. It is used as an extra level of safety for the eye and allows the creature that has it to still see while affording its eyes an additional amount of protection. Though many mammals have a vestigial nictitating membrane that does not cover the whole eye.)

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Isla Isabel – Mexico’s Galapagos

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The surrounding waters are also home to Whale Sharks year-round and on my recent visit I was very fortunate to hop overboard after coming across not one, but two, of these gentle giants. Swimming with a whale shark on the boat-trip to Isla Isabel. Its amazing to me that there are still places on earth where wildlife is blissfully unafraid of humans. Isla Isabel, a picturesque volcanic island situated 15 miles off Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit coast, is just such a place.

African Penguins in Peril

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Sharks, Cape Fur Seals and even Killer Whales will prey on them in the ocean. White Sharks, especially young ones, will prey on African Penguins. I grew up in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Cape Town, South Africa. The birdlife in the Cape is nothing short of spectacular, with a healthy dose of charismatic endemic species. In fact, there is no other region in Africa that offers such a fantastic level of endemism in such an accessible location.

South Polar Skuas on a New York Pelagic

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It was a pelagic trip organized by See Life Paulagics and it was a pretty memorable trip with five species of shearwater, Leach’s Storm-Petrels , Wilson’s Storm-Petrels , a variety of dolphins, some sharks, and a variety of other sea life. Back on the last day of May I boarded a boat in Brooklyn and headed out onto the Atlantic Ocean in search of seabirds.

All about alcids: Extravagant divers of northern oceans

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They’re also more vulnerable to attack from large cold-blooded predators like sharks. Across the world’s northern oceans, 24 species of auklets, murres, puffins, guillemots, and related seabirds make a living catching food beneath the waves and breeding, often in large colonies, on coastlines and islands.

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End of the Road Birding in Costa Rica at Luna Lodge

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Not to mention, Sirena station is only accessible by a plane ride, or a 17 kilometer infamous beach march that involves wading across a river or two where crocodiles and Bull Sharks wait at the mouth (this is no exaggeration). Although there aren’t any crocs or sharks, during the rainy season, you may have to contend with being washed away. For the birder, roads are an ironic boon. Whether made of asphalt, gravel, or dirt, they help us reach more birding sites in less time.

American White Pelicans in Key West

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In addition to sharks, barracuda, rays, and fishes, we had also spotted Double-crested Cormorants , Brown Pelicans , and Magnificent Frigatebirds. We felt awash in blues as our tour boat skirted the waves to anchor near a shallow sand flat off of Key West, Florida. The aquamarine water gave the sky a run for its money, so clear and sparkling beneath a noon-day sun.

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9 (almost) Birds that live underwater

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This Yellow-crowned Amazon was not quite as vociferous as his Central American cousins And like many of these birds, I too love to spend time beneath the water – there are few things better than free diving or scuba diving with dolphins, whale sharks or coral reef fish. You should know by now that there are a good number of birds that spend an appreciable amount of time underwater. There are, for example, the Penguins and Diving Ducks.

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Birding by Volunteering

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In Hawaii I stood on a beach as albatrosses fledged and Tiger Sharks prowled for the less successful ones. There is no feeling in the world like knowing your helping something you care about, whether its sharks or puffins, protecting forests or reefs, advancing science or communities. Well, it’s official. Over a decade since I was last there, I am finally heading back to Africa late this year.

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Creatures of the reef

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We saw 5 sharks in the reef and 2 Hawksbill Turtles, lots of sea cucumbers, clams, brittle stars, feather stars, our first eel, large cod that jumped from pool to pool once they saw you and numerous unidentified creatures. Eel…we put it back in a rock-pool Unidentified shark-striped It was amazing that despite all of the coastal erosion during this year’s cyclone season it has had very little effect on the reef.

Sometimes you get the bird…

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Sharks cruise off the city’s beaches, and just yesterday a deadly species of snake was found in a suburban railway station. Further afield, there is a poisonous mammal, the platypus, many waterways are filled with the carnivorous Saltwater Crocodile, and a species known as the box jellyfish is so dangerous that it causes the closure of every beach across the entire north of the continent for several months each year, and achievement that the sharks can only look at in wonder.

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Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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Carpet Shark washed up Carpet shark being returned to the sea I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into our varied wildlife here in the north of Australia. Speaking of pregnant snakes, do sea snakes lay their eggs ashore like sea turtles or do they keep them internally until the young are ready to hatch/ be born, like some sharks?

#CeciltheLion is a dangerous direction for conservation

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There isn’t too much I could write on the subject that isn’t dealt with much better by David Shiffman, a shark conservationist from Florida. Another day, another dead lion erupting in the world’s media, another opportunity for me to annoy my few remaining anti-hunting friends. Go read his take. I’ll wait. . I do want to elaborate a bit on some themes I’ve discussed before next week.

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The Razorbill Invasion of Florida

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There is a reason why birds (and mammals and large, predatory sharks) like alcids, albatrosses, penguins, and other seabirds are restricted to the poles or areas of cold water upwellings — tropical waters lack the ability to hold onto as much oxygen as colder water. Razorbills ( Alca torda ) have invaded the coastal waters of Florida on an unprecedented scale this December of 2012.

Birding Southern Baja: Todos Santos

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Located on the Gulf of California side of the peninsula (and only an hour from Todos Santos), La Paz features extensive wetlands, mangroves, beautiful beaches, and even whale sharks. A male Belding’s Yellowthroat. Hecho en Mexico. What better way to start the year than with a visit to Mexico? Especially if you can fit in some birding?

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Broome to Busan

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When we were not talking about birds we talked about sharks and sea snakes! Well I have done a lot of travelling in the week since I last wrote a post! I flew out of Broome and across the Northern Territory and Queensland and changed planes in Brisbane. I then flew south to Sydney to have the weekend with my sister and family. It is lovely to see the influence that Grant and I have had on our two young nephews from afar.

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Introduction to Winter Sparrows of South Florida

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and microhabitat wet areas in weedy fields (where it can occur alongside the two previously mentioned species), with reliable locations including the Chekika Unit, Shark Valley, and the Coastal Prairie Trail all in Everglades National Park. The southeast tip of the Florida peninsula is not well endowed with a wide variety of sparrows in winter like the rest of the southeastern United States.