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Fossils of prehistoric giant shark found in Spanish waters

Las Palmas, Spain, Sep 2 (EFE).- The Spanish Oceanography Institute, or IEO, discovered in waters of the Canary Islands a large deposit of fossils of the largest marine predator that ever existed, the megalodon, a shark that became extinct 2 million years ago. The deposit was found at the foot of an undersea mountain some 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) deep during an ocean research campaign, the IEO said Monday in a communique. Those responsible for the discovery call this "an event of great scientific significance."

Discovery's 'Shark Week' Tops Itself: 11 New Episodes, Adds Late-Night Talk Show

By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES ( - Discovery's annual "Shark Week" begins Sunday, August 4 and boasts its most new premiere hours this summer over its 26 year run. This year, the cable network adds a late night show to the mix: "Shark After Dark." The show will air each evening of "Shark Week" with highlights from the days' programming and guests, including shark experts and shark attack survivors.

Japan to reject int'l regulation on trade in sharks

Japan will reject the recent decision by Washington Convention member countries to regulate international trade in sharks whose populations have sharply declined due to overhunting for their fins, government sources said Friday.

New Caledonia bans shark fishing

The government of the Pacific paradise of New Caledonia said Wednesday it had decided to ban fishing of sharks, which are being decimated to feed growing demand for luxury goods. "New Caledonia took the decision to ban the fishing, capture, detention or commercialisation of all species of sharks" in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) -- an area roughly the size of South Africa, authorities in the French territory said.

Great white sharks bite off far more than believed: study

Great white sharks, the world's largest predatory fish, eat three to four times more food than previously thought, an Australian study shows. US research from the 1980s estimated a 30 kilogram (66 lbs) meal of mammal blubber could sustain a one-tonne shark for more than six weeks. That perpetuated assumptions that large sharks could survive long periods without eating. However, a University of Tasmania-led study published this week in Scientific Reports on the website found that 30 kilos was only enough for 12-15 days.

Five shark species win global trade protection

Five shark species won international trade protection Monday in a move hailed as a breakthrough in efforts to save the world's oldest predator from extinction due to rampant demand for its fins. Rather than a complete ban, the 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted to restrict cross-border trade in the oceanic whitetip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead sharks.

Four shark species win international trade protection

Governments agreed on Monday to restrict international trade in four shark species in a bid to save them from being wiped out due to rampant demand for their fins. The 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted at a meeting in Bangkok to control exports of the oceanic whitetip and three types of hammerhead shark, but stopped short of a full trade ban. The move would require countries to regulate trade by issuing export permits to ensure their sustainability in the wild, otherwise they could face sanctions from CITES.

Shark overfishing pushes many species to the brink

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO, March 1 (Reuters) - Protection measures have failed to stop around 100 million sharks being fished every year and a third of all shark species are now threatened with extinction, conservationists say. Many are caught for their fins, a delicacy in Asian soup. The fins are sliced off and the animals are often dumped alive overboard to die of suffocation or eaten by other predators.
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