Recent evidence suggests that great white sharks have all but vanished from the coast of Cape Town and no one can understand why. As with many other coastal towns, Cape Town has had a long term love/hate relationship with great white sharks. They are the main attraction for South Africa’s shark-diving industry but have also […]
New research finds that thousands of sharks and rays could be entangled in the plastic polluting Earth’s oceans. Scientists at the UK’s University of Exeter examined existing scientific literature and took to Twitter to find documented instances of shark and ray entanglements. They ended up finding reports of more than 1,000 entangled animals — and […]
When beachgoers arrive at Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod peninsula, the first thing they see is a large sign displaying a photo of a great white shark. It reads: “WARNING. Great white sharks hunt seals in the shallow water at this beach. People have been seriously injured or killed by sharks […]
A multi-national research team has developed a rapid DNA identification method to help customs inspectors detect illegally traded wildlife products, beginning with sharks. The DNA testing protocol, published last month, detects nine of 12 commonly traded shark species quickly enough to enable officials to determine whether a shipment requires further inspection. These sharks have small […]
The blubber-rich carcass of a Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) is perfect food to keep this large Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) fuelled and active for the winter months ahead. Near Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]