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Here Are the Odds of Getting Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

About 5 in a million

(Newser) - The rate of shark bites in Hawaii has been increasing slightly in recent years, but the risk remains extremely low—roughly 5-in-1 million—reports the AP . Recently published research that looked at 55 years of global data showed shark bites around the world are highly variable from year to year,... More »

This Might Be Great White Sharks' Biggest Advantage

Decoded genome sheds light on how they heal their own wounds, stay healthy

(Newser) - Scientists for the first time have decoded the genome of the great white shark, and the results show that humans have much to learn from the long-lived creatures. The sharks' genes seem especially suited to healing their own wounds and warding off illness, reports Wired . "These include DNA sequences... More »

Hawaiian Sharks May Soon Be a Lot Happier

If state officials manage to pass a shark-protection bill

(Newser) - Hawaiian lawmakers have introduced a new bill to protect any and all sharks from being killed in state waters—which, if it passes, will be the first law of its kind in America, the Guardian reports. Seems the bill was inspired by hundreds of support-letters and phone calls from around... More »

Scientists Ponder Ocean's Latest 'Anomaly'

There are fewer unprovoked shark attacks worldwide; researchers aren't quite sure why

(Newser) - Despite the massive media coverage when a shark attack happens, the worldwide number of such unprovoked attacks actually fell sharply in 2018: down to 66 from 2017's 88, reports Quartz ; the five-year average had been 84. Of those 66 attacks, four led to fatalities—a figure that's also... More »

She Swam With One of Biggest Sharks Ever Seen

In fact, it might be THE biggest ever

(Newser) - Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told the AP that she encountered... More »

Kids Song 'as Infectious as Anthrax' Is Climbing the Charts

You'll be hearing 'Baby Shark' in your head all weekend now

(Newser) - If you're a fan of fins, or under the age of 5, you'll be pleased with one of the Billboard Hot 100's newest hits. Otherwise, you'll likely just be fascinated at how "Baby Shark," a children's song about sharks, is now making its... More »

Shark Kills Tourist on Great Barrier Reef

It was 3rd attack in area in 7 weeks

(Newser) - A shark has killed a man in an island harbor on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September. The spate of attacks has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally-renowned vacation destination, the AP reports. The... More »

Police Looking for Guy Who Skinny Dipped With Sharks

He was caught on video jumping naked into tank at Toronto aquarium

(Newser) - "I was scared I was going to witness the death of this guy": That's what one visitor had to say after a man decided to go skinny dipping with the sharks at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. The man stripped down and then went over a security barrier... More »

Meet the First Known Omnivorous Shark

Bonnetheads munch on seagrass, and new study finds it's not just incidental

(Newser) - Jaws would've been a lot less scary had Steven Spielberg replaced his great white villain with a bonnethead shark. It's "the first known omnivorous species of shark," says researcher Samantha Leigh, co-author of a new study that describes the hammerhead relative as a lover of seagrass.... More »

Guy Stumbles on Evidence of Mega-Shark That Ate Whales

Schoolteacher Philip Mullaly found the shark teeth in Australia

(Newser) - Imagine strolling down the beach and discovering a razor-sharp tooth from a shark twice the size of a Great White. Well, meet Philip Mullaly: "It was an awesome creature, it would have been terrifying to come across," the amateur fossil hunter and schoolteacher tells the New York Times... More »

Man Admits Stealing Shark, Insists It 'Needed Help'

Anthony Shannon previously 'inspected' aquarium under guise

(Newser) - Anthony Shannon says he knows it was "wrong" to steal an aquarium's shark, carted off in a baby stroller over the weekend, but the 38-year-old insists it was "an emergency." In an interview with KENS-TV , the self-described marine activist who keeps five sharks and dozens of... More »

They Fled the Aquarium With a Stroller. There Was No Baby

Man charged with theft of horn shark in San Antonio; 2 others expected to be charged

(Newser) - A juvenile horn shark is back in its tank at the San Antonio Aquarium after three people whisked it away in a baby stroller. "When we first got the call, we thought it was kind of a hoax being that it was Shark Week last week," Leon Valley... More »

2 Kids Injured in First NY Shark Attacks in 70 Years

One bite left a tooth lodged in boy's leg

(Newser) - After decades without a shark attack off Long Island, two children were bitten within minutes of each other on Wednesday. A 12-year-old girl was bitten around noon at Sailors Haven beach on Fire Island, a Long Island barrier island, and a 13-year-old boy was bitten at Atlantique beach, nearly 5... More »

Shark's Sudden U-Turn 'Could Mean Something Big'

Great white just headed into deep waters off the Carolinas, and it could mean she's pregnant

(Newser) - We can't exactly give EPT tests to sharks in the wild to find out if they're pregnant, but scientists think there may be another clue. Shark-tracking group OCEARCH tells the News & Observer it's been following a great white named Miss Costa, and the nearly 1,700-pound... More »

Beach Closed After 2 People Bitten by Sharks

Fernandina Beach shuts down for a day

(Newser) - Once is happenstance—twice, you close the darn beach. That's what officials did at Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville on Friday after two people suffered shark bites, My Fox 8 reports. First up was a 30-year-old man surfing with his son, then came a 17-year-old boy, but luckily neither attack... More »

Bahamas Photo Op Turns Scary for Instagram Model

Nurse shark chomps down on Katarina Zarutskie's arm

(Newser) - California native Katarina Zarutskie grew up doing water sports and had seen photos online of people swimming with nurse sharks, which Exuma Online deems "typically harmless to humans." But the 19-year-old Instagram model and University of Miami student still had a frightening experience with one during a Bahamas... More »

Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

The Australian woman is just fine, though

(Newser) - An Australian woman is feeling lucky to be alive after she was reportedly pulled into the water by a shark. According to PerthNow , Melissa Brunning was on a friend's yacht off the coast of Australia's rugged Kimberley region in late May when her group got the opportunity to... More »

Investigation Into Shark's Death Turns Criminal

Juvenile male washed ashore on California beach

(Newser) - A great white shark with cuts and puncture wounds on its body washed ashore, dead, on a beach in Aptos, Calif., Sunday, and law enforcement officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating. The male shark, believed to be a juvenile, weighed about 500 pounds and was... More »

Shark Bumps Man Off Paddleboard, Attacks

Hawaii man was critically injured

(Newser) - A 25-year-old was critically injured in what is believed to be the first shark attack near Hawaii's Big Island in years. Authorities say the man was paddleboarding Saturday morning with his father near the Kukio private community when the shark bumped him off his board. "Apparently they had... More »

Gone Missing: A 16-Foot Celebrity of the Ocean

Mary Lee, a great white shark, hasn't sent out a ping in months from her transmitter

(Newser) - She is arguably the most famous shark in America, but Mary Lee has gone silent. After being tagged with a transmitter by research organization Ocearch back in 2012 off the coast of Cape Cod, Mary Lee gained a legion of loyal followers tracking her ocean journeys. (She has nearly 130,... More »

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