Shark Cage Diving Safety Tips

In recent years, shark cage diving has become the most popular extreme sport in the world. Thanks to movies like Jaws and the Sharknado franchise, people have an irrational fear of sharks. Some still believe that sharks roam the ocean mindlessly, hunting humans. This fear fuels curiosity for shark cage diving, especially for those looking for their next adrenaline rush. Or could the popularity of shark cage diving be proof…

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Sharks Gain International Protection

Shark conservation. Shark protection. Shark conservation campaigns

Conservation efforts for sharks took a strong turn for the better this October, thanks to the United Nations-backed Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild (CMS). Convening in Manila, the Convention secured a pact signed by 126 countries, that’s designed to provide cross-protections to migratory animals – both on land and at sea. Let’s look a bit closer at the results of the convention, and the organisation behind…

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Meet Dorien, the One-Time Wanderer

Dorien, the great white shark tagged for shark tracking, research and conservation efforts in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Ocearch’s tracking technology allows researchers to monitor shark’s movements throughout the world’s oceans, providing valuable insight into their behavior and their range. Today, we’d like to introduce one of these sharks: Dorien. Dorien’s profile Photo credit: www.ocearch.org. Species: White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Gender: Female Stage of Life: Immature Length:  3 meters Weight: 351.5 kg Tag Date: Mar 21, 2012 Tag Location: Mossel Bay Total Travel: 6 563 km Dorien, a female great white shark, is a…

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Plastic and Marine Life

A whale shark swimming past a plastic bag. Effects of plastic on marine life

We all know that our trash, specifically plastic, which takes a very long time to biodegrade – the average time it takes for a bottle to completely decompose is 450 years, while some bottles can even take 1000 years! – is harmful to our environment. But, what many of us don’t know is how it affects other species, especially marine life. There is so much trash, in fact, that there…

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Ocearch Shark Tracking: Brenda

Brenda the great white shark tagged for shark tracking, research and conservation efforts in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Meet Brenda, the great white shark promoting travel in her community. Ocearch’s tracking technology allows researchers to monitor shark’s movements throughout the world’s oceans, providing valuable insight into their behavior and their range. Each shark is tagged with a tracking device that is inserted through their dorsal fin, and whenever they break the surface of the water, a signal is transmitted to a satellite. The satellite then sends back an…

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