Deep Sea Skates – New Species Discovered!

According to a scientific paper published on 13th July 2016 – a new species of deep-water legskate was recently described by scientists Weigmann and Stehmann. When scientists discover a new type of animal it is called ‘describing’ because they have to put together a description of the animal that allows other scientists to be able…

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…

Elephant Shark Helps Humans

Scientists looking into how shark skeletons develop, have come across an interesting discovery. They believe that studying the spines of a group of animals called chondrichthyans, which are fish with cartilage instead of bone, could help in understanding human skeletal heterotopic disorders. Zerina Johanson, Catherine Boisvert, Anton Maksimenko, Peter Currie, Kate Trinajstic are the scientists…

Surprise Shark In Norway

During Halibut fishing in Norway, Max de Vreeze had a bite but lost the fish after a short battle. The underwater camera did however catch the attacker on film, and to his huge surprise it was no Halibut that got hooked… The film revealed a shark, rarely caught in Norwegian waters. The Porbeagle (a smaller…

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…

Hammerhead Rescue!

Two brothers on Florida’s Gulf Coast rescue a 10ft Hammerhead Shark with their bare hands. They noticed that the animal was injured and had several large fishing hooks in its mouth and steel fishing line tangled around its head: Posting alongside his uploaded video on YouTube, one of the brothers wrote: “Me and my brother…

North Carolina Shark Incidents

There is a great article on the Discovery website about this at the moment. You can read the full article here. Rather than join in the general mass media hysteria, Discovery have taken the trouble to get expert opinions on why there have been several incidents with people getting hurt recently. (Sharktrooth would like to…

The Scary Truth About Sharks

The scariest truth about sharks is that they are under threat from us and we could lose them from the oceans. Sharks are an ‘apex-predator’ meaning that they are at the top of their food chain and as such, have a vital role in the eco-system. Sharks kill around 10 people per year, whilst people…

New Shark Discovered!

Exciting News! A new species of shark has been discovered! Recently discovered in the southwestern Indian Ocean, the Dusky Snout Catshark (Bythaelurus naylori) is one of 10 recognised species of Bythaelurus (Catshark): Bythaelurus alcockii Garman, 1913 (Arabian catshark) Bythaelurus canescens Günther, 1878 (Dusky catshark) Bythaelurus clevai Séret, 1987 (Broadhead catshark) Bythaelurus dawsoni S. Springer, 1971 (New…

Jacques Of All Trades

Today would have been the 105th birthday of the most famous and influential ocean-diver of all time – Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Cousteau truly was a jack-of-all-trades when it came to diving. He was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in…

European Sharks & Rays In Danger of Extinction!

A new report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature states that more than 40% of sharks and their cousins, rays and chimaeras, currently living in European waters are in danger of extinction. The full report – published here – goes on to list overfishing and bycatch as two of the main contributing factors….