How Long do Sharks Live For?

Sofia the great white shark tagged for shark tracking, research and conservation efforts in Gansbaai, South Africa.

In 2016, scientists in Greenland discovered a 400-year old shark, evidence that some sharks can live for well over 100 years. It’s believed that Dogfish and Whale sharks species live for more than 100 years. But of course, each shark species has a different life expectancy. Learn more about how long specific shark species live and how scientists and researchers determine the age of sharks. Determining the age of sharks…

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Ocean Pollution: How Oil Waste Impacts Marine Life

Effects of Oil Spills on Marine Life

The global marine ecosystem is deteriorating at a worrying rate, as a direct result of oil waste. It’s the fastest source of devastation in the marine ecosystem and more harmful than the 14 billion pounds of trash and waste dumped in the ocean each year. It’s estimated that over 2600 million litres of oil waste enters the ocean annually – but the harm caused by this practice is immeasurable. There…

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Top 5 Facts about Ocearch Shark Tracking

Photo credit: Myths and false criticisms have been doing its rounds, creating misconceptions about shark tagging and research tracking. Let’s debunk the myths of shark tracking with these important facts. Tagging does not cause sharks pain Sensory receptors, known as nociceptors, that are responsible for feeling pain in humans are not present in sharks. Many of the tags are attached to the shark fins, which don’t have a nerve supply….

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How Humans are Polluting the Ocean

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

One of the most mysterious and diverse places on earth, the majority of the ocean has yet to be explored. Unfortunately, the ocean is being threatened by pollution – mostly caused by humans. While we cannot control natural causes such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the impact of human pollution is increasing, but there are many ways we can push back and reduce our impact on the ocean. First, it’s important…

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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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