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Word “mako” came from Maori

November 21, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): Both the longfin and shortfin mako sharks derive their name from the Maori word for shark – “makomako” – […]

Sharks of the Mississippi River

November 19, 2017

Sharks in the Mississippi River? You bet. On Sept. 8, 1937, fishermen caught a bull shark in the upper Mississippi River north of St. Louis near Alton, Illinois. The subadult shark weighted 84 pounds (38 […]

Which shark is known as an “elephant shark”?

November 15, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): Known as “elephant sharks” and “bone sharks,” basking sharks are the second-largest fish and shark in the world growing […]

What is eating the eyes of Greenland sharks?

November 14, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): Nearly every adult Greenland shark is blind. Their lack of sight isn’t due to a disease, but from a […]

Do sea stars have eyes on their limbs?

November 13, 2017

By Angelica Romero Blancas While sea stars do have an eye at the end of each “arm” scientists are still researching how effective these eyes are and what function they actually serve. Recent research indicates […]

Iceland’s poisonous seafood delicacy

November 9, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): Hákarl is a national food in Iceland that is made from rotten Greenland shark or other sleeper shark. Fresh […]

The sharks that stabs humans

November 8, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): Though the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) only grows to about 3 feet (1 m) in length, it is one […]

Court-martialed for WWII shark attack

November 7, 2017

Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. 2017): The captain of the USS Indianapolis, Charles. B. McVay III (both pictured above), survived the sinking and shark attacks […]

Do sea stars have brains?

November 6, 2017

By Angelica Romero Blancas As they are not actually fish, the technically-correct term for these animals are sea stars. They have no brains or blood. Instead of blood, sea stars filter ocean water through their […]

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