Ah, a beautiful romantic sunset over the ocean can inspire one to burst out into a loving serenade. However, after reading this, you may never look at the sun setting over water in the same way again. . . Sitting comfortably at the top of the marine food chain, Great…
One of the main reasons sharks are such effective predators is their keenly attuned senses.  However, when you take one of these super-senses away, it significantly hinders the shark's hunting ability. By themselves, none of a shark's sense organs would be adequate for effective hunting. But by combining all of…
Sharks and rays share our senses – those of smell, taste, hearing, touch, and sight – but they inhabit a world very different from ours: in the ocean, light and sound move at very different angles and speeds than in air. To travel the globe, locate other fish and hunt…
Scientists fear that ocean acidification could pose further problems for sharks, whose numbers are shrinking worldwide due to human activity. No one knew how juvenile sharks might respond to climate change until now. Scientists found that the condition and survival of young tropical bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium punctatum) fell sharply if they developed and…
The remoras, sometimes called suckerfish, are a family (Echeneidae) of ray-finned fish in the order Perciformes.They grow to 30–90 cm (0.98–2.95 ft) long, and their distinctive first dorsal fins take the form of a modified oval, sucker-like organ with slat-like structures that open and close to create suction and take a firm hold against the skin of larger marine…
Personality, by its very name, seems to apply only to a person, e.g., a human. But can a shark actually be shy? Social? A risk-taker? Fierce or mellow? Imagining primates and even pets with their own personalities isn’t so hard. But some of the most fascinating work has been done…
Think Twice! Thousands of balloons or lit lanterns released into the sky: we have all seen it at least one, and it’s a very mesmerizing sight. People release balloons for various occasions: weddings, birthdays, memorials, graduations, charity events…Unfortunately, what goes up, must come down; these balloons and lanterns have to…
The KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board in South Africa is testing an electronic cable as a shark repellent. KZN Sharks Board is committed to investigating alternative bather-protection systems that will reduce the death and injury rates of sharks, dolphins, turtles and other marine species. The 100m long cable was installed in…
And in other shark related news; Donald Gibson found the first vertebra just as he had begun to dig out the space for the sunroom he had promised to build in the back yard of his parents' home in Calvert County, Maryland, USA.Over the following week more and more vertebrae…
Love, that curious, chemically charged emotion which we feel towards our favourites, will be celebrated again on Valentine’s Day, this coming Saturday. (And yes, it is my pleasure to have reminded you . . .) If you are reading this, then there is no doubt in my mind that you…
If you were to ask someone what colour is the ocean, chances are that they would answer that it is blue. For most of the world's oceans, their answer would be correct. Pure water is perfectly clear, of course - but if there is a lot of water, and the…
It was an early start to the morning with fishermen ready and geared up from 05:00 onwards, even though lines only went in at 07:00 everyone was eager to scout out their fishing spot for the day and secure their positions. MONSTER Energy had supplied everyone with enough energy drinks…
Most people seem to still believe the old fisherman's tale that fish and sharks do not or cannot feel pain. Without the ability to feel pain, would fish have survived the evolutionary cull? Pain is an integral warning sensation and no evidence has ever been produced to support the idea…
Even though its vastness may make it appear invincible, the oceans' ecosystem consists of a delicate balance that can be affected by small fluctuating surface temperatures. A small increase in the ocean's surface temperature is currently demonstrating what drastic chain-reaction-effects can be unleashed amongst all of its creatures, both big…
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