Sharkwater:Extinction – A Mission To Save Sharks

A few years back, Sharktrooth watched a film called Sharkwater. It was one man’s incredible journey beneath the surface of the finning industry into some deep and disturbing areas. This film was a documentary and the dangers faced by Rob Stewart were very real, which is why some of it is filmed from his hospital…

A World Without People

It is interesting to remeber that we need the world but the world doesn’t need us. Check out this video from Hefty.co and visit their website for more interesting things…

Hammerheads & Whale Sharks Becoming Extinct

The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) has just updated its Red List of Threatened Species. Sadly, due to human impact, two shark species have shown a dramatic drop in numbers – sufficient to move them from “Near Threatened” to “Endangered” rating – only one step away from “Critically Endangered”. After that, the…

Happy Fin-dependence Day!

After an exciting Shark Week we would like to wish our American Sharkies a Happy 4th of July and remind everybody that sharks need your protection 52 weeks of the year.

ScienceTrooth – An Interview With A Shark Scientist

In the first of what we hope will be a regular feature, we have given 10 questions to a real, live scientist with shark experience to discover what it is really like working with these animals. Sharktrooth is delighted that our first candidate is Mariah Pfleger, from Oceana. Oceana is a global organisation that is…

Why Sharks Don’t Go To The Dentist

Shark teeth are covered in fluoride which makes them cavity-resistant. A study published in the Journal of Structural Biology in 2012 discovered that the enamel on sharks teeth is actually made up of a chemical called fluoroapatite. Fluoroapatite is resistant to acid produced by bacteria so this means that shark’s teeth don’t decay. Also, most…

World Oceans Day

One of the reasons that certain people (Sharktrooth included) are so passionate about saving sharks and conserving the oceans is that we need the oceans more than the oceans need us. The oceans are amazing. Not only are they the life-support system for the planet, but if we don’t take proper care of them, they…

2016 The Year Of The Shark

There are lots of ways you can take action to make 2016 The Year Of The Shark. Let’s make a stand and start fighting for the sharks and our oceans this year, or next year may be too late… Visit our Friends page to see the different shark and marine conservation organisations you can get…

2015 NOAA Survey – With Added Heroes!

The longest running coastal shark research survey along the East Coast has completed its 2015 field work, capturing and tagging more than 2,800 sharks, the most in the NOAA survey’s 29-year history. The results are very good news for shark populations. Another memorable tale from the 2015 survey In addition to the record number of…

Shark V Lion

Sharktrooth is interested in how people perceive sharks and just how deserved their terrible reputation is. Is it really true that popular opinion is based on how ‘fluffy’ something is? If someone took a walk across sub-Saharan Africa and they saw a lion – would you expect them to demand all lions in the area…

Great White Rescue Attempt

Robin Schnaible – “We got to Whitecrest about an hour later and came upon a huge crowd of people working to save a 10-12′ Great White that had beached itself. The shark was still alive but had suffered some internal injuries. Several beachgoers were pouring buckets of water over him while others dug a holding…

Who’s The Daddy?

An academic paper was published last week by scientists S. Corrigan, D. Kacev & J. Werry on one of Sharktrooth’s favourite shark species – the Shortfin Mako (latin name Isurus oxyrinchus). The title of this paper is “A case of genetic polyandry in the shortfin mako”. This article documents a case of genetic polyandry in…