North Carolina State University: Positive YouTube Videos Help Deflect Blame From Sharks

North Carolina State University: Positive YouTube Videos Help Deflect Blame From Sharks. “In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers found more people shifted blame for shark bites away from the animals after watching positive YouTube videos about them. They also saw greater support on average for non-lethal strategies for responding to incidents in which a shark has bitten a person.”

Deeper Blue: A New Database Shows How Sharks Use The Ocean’s Depths

Deeper Blue: A New Database Shows How Sharks Use The Ocean’s Depths. “While some species spend their entire lives in shallow waters close to shore on the continental shelf, others plunge hundreds of meters or more off the slope waters into the twilight zone, beyond where sunlight penetrates. This new understanding of how elasmobranchs — the scientific word for sharks, rays and skates — use the ocean will enable policymakers and resource managers the opportunity to examine the threats these animals face, and guide future management and conservation plans.”

Flinders University: Historical dataset could help scientists better understand sharks

Flinders University: Historical dataset could help scientists better understand sharks. “For the first time, the longest-running historical record of human-shark interactions in Australia is now accessible online. This follows a growing trend to make scientific datasets accessible, maximising the use and impact of the data. Taronga’s Australian Shark-Incident Database (ASID) describes more than 1000 shark-human interactions that have occurred in Australia over the past 230 years.”

Monterey Herald: Monterey Bay Aquarium shares a treasure trove of data about young white sharks

Monterey Herald: Monterey Bay Aquarium shares a treasure trove of data about young white sharks. “The Monterey Bay Aquarium and its collaborators have released a cache of data about great white sharks they’ve been collecting for over 20 years. Earlier this month, an international team of scientists and aquarists led by John O’Sullivan, the director of collections at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Chris Lowe of CSU Long Beach published a dataset… containing decades’ worth of information about juvenile white sharks. Researchers all over the world can now use the data to help them understand where white sharks go during their seasonal migrations, what ocean conditions they prefer and how they interact with other fish.”

Cape Cod shark archive: See where great white sharks go the most each year (Boston Herald)

Boston Herald: Cape Cod shark archive: See where great white sharks go the most each year. “The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has launched an online archive that reveals where hundreds of great white sharks have visited along the Cape each year. The new online tool, called the ‘White Shark Logbook,’ helps people see the historical detection data for tagged white sharks along Cape Cod. The White Shark Logbook provides users with data from 2010 to 2020, while the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app is for real-time sighting and detection data.”

Daily Express (Malaysia): UMS students build whale shark database

Daily Express (Malaysia): UMS students build whale shark database. “Marine biology students at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) have been taking advantage of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to start building a database of whale shark sightings in Malaysia including using divers’ posts on social media. The travel restrictions brought on by the outbreak of coronavirus left the students unable to travel to survey sites such as Pulau Gaya where they recorded and identified their first official whale shark of the project, MY-065, on a survey just five days before the MCO was declared on Mar 13.”

Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data

Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data. “This new atlas updates an earlier version covering 1962 to 1993 and adds information on 22 species. Detailed profiles are provided for 14 shark species, including bull and tiger sharks and smooth dogfish. The updated data significantly extended their known ranges and movements.”

Public Radio East: Shark Spotting Citizen-Science Program Launches

Public Radio East: Shark Spotting Citizen-Science Program Launches. “The Spot A Shark USA program starts June 1. People who encounter sand tiger sharks are asked to upload their photos to the online database. Marine scientists will be able to use the pictures to identify individual sharks and track their movements, said South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation Dr. Avery Paxton. “