Aug 072017
 
POLL: Should the importing of shark fins be banned?

Shark finning in Canadian waters is illegal, but due to a lapse in legislative action there is currently no national ban on importing shark fins from regions where the practice remains legal. And animal rights advocates say that has to change. Shark finning has actually been illegal in Canada since 1994, meaning that no shark […]

Jun 082017
 
Heroic Boat Captain Rescues Entangled Great White Shark

The Southern California coastline never used to be much of a hub for shark sightings, but that has changed this year. Great white sharks have been spotted from Long Beach to San Diego. Hoping to catch a glimpse of some sharks for themselves last month, Chris Pica and three of his friends took a skiff […]

Mar 012017
 
South Africa: Rich in National Parks

During my (relatively short, I might add) lifetime I have had the privilege of visiting the majority of South Africa’s national parks and game reserves. What a wealth of natural heritage we possess! When people from abroad look at some of the work in my photographic portfolio, they are amazed at the diversity of wildlife […]

Oct 242016
 
POLL: Should shark-baiting be banned?

The controversial practice of baiting in shark diving has been called into question in response to several recent incidents, as unsuspecting sharks attracted to cages with bait ended up inside cages with equally surprised divers. According to underwater photographer and shark diving expert Brian Skerry, it would be impossible to see great white sharks without […]

Oct 162016
 
Video: Great White Shark breaks into diver's cage

Shocking footage has captured the moment a Great White Shark broke into a diving cage while a tourist was trapped inside. The four-metre-long predator was chasing a piece of tuna bait left out by a guide when it accidentally smashed into the supposedly ‘shark-proof’ cage. Great Whites can swim up to 25mph, and its momentum […]

Oct 072016
 
Australia's government open to shark cull on NSW north coast

The federal government has signalled it would consider a shark cull on the New South Wales north coast after a teenage surfer was mauled by a great white. It comes as the NSW government announces a new three-month trial of shark-spotting drones for the area, and additional drum lines off the coast. The federal environment […]

Sep 242016
 
Humanity driving 'unprecedented' marine extinction

Humanity is driving an unprecedented extinction of sealife unlike any in the fossil record, hunting and killing larger species in a way that will disrupt ocean ecosystems for millions of years, scientists have found. A new analysis of the five mass extinction events millions of years ago discovered there was either no pattern to which […]

Jul 292016
 
South Africa's great white sharks face extinction, says study

South Africa’s great white sharks face the threat of extinction after a steep decline in numbers caused by trophy hunting, shark nets and pollution, according to a study. The six-year research project along the country’s coastline revealed that only between 353 and 522 of the sharks are still alive, half the level previously thought. “The […]

Sep 232015
 
Global marine populations slashed by half since 1970

Populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have dropped by about half in the past four decades, with fish critical to human food suffering some of the greatest declines, the WWF warned on Wednesday. In a new report, the conservation group cautioned that over-fishing, pollution and climate change had significantly shrunk the size of […]

Aug 212015
 
POLL: Should sharks be culled if they are a danger to surfers?

A push from surfers in northern NSW for a shark cull has sparked an angry response from an animal rights group. It comes after nearly 200 locals, including Ballina’s mayor, local businesses, surfers, fishermen and police met earlier in the week in Lennox Head to discuss the spate of shark attacks and sightings in the […]

May 172015
 
Why are sharks so misunderstood?

Sharks have a bad rep. Thanks in no small part to Steven Spielberg, who cleverly played on our primordial fears with his blockbuster thriller Jaws, these majestic creatures are generally thought of as little more than mindless killing machines. Shark (BBC One), the Natural History Unit’s spectacular new three-part documentary coinciding with Jaws’ 40th anniversary, […]