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The Islands of the Dead: Exploring the Farallon Islands

Located close to San Francisco, one of the world’s most recognizable metropolises, there is a series of desolate, fog shrouded, wind and wave-sculpted islands. Known as the “Islands of the Dead” by the Native Miwok, and the “Devil’s Teeth” by Spanish mariners, these islands have a fascinating history of human exploitation, killing and loss.

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How Jaws Influenced Shark Perception

Twenty-one years after publication, Peter Benchley, the author of the best selling novel from which the script was derived said, “I couldn’t write Jaws today. The extensive new knowledge of sharks would make it impossible for me to create, in good conscience, a villain of the magnitude and malignity of the original.”

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A Swimmer’s Nightmare: the Cookiecutter Shark 

Some sharks, like a weird species of dogfish, the cookiecutter shark, (Isistius brasiliensis) are invisible to daytime surface dwellers, but leaves a tell-tale signature bite mark.

First discovered between 1817-1820 by French naturalists Jean René Constant Quoy and Joseph Paul Giamard during an exploratory voyage, the Cookiecutter shark is one of the most bizarre species of shark to rise from the depths.

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Earth Day Cleanup Kohala, Hawai’i

With Keep Puako Beautiful and South Kohala Reef Alliance  Shark Stewards invites you to a Tailgate style cleanup of the facility, beach, land and water April 22, 20223. Watch for […]

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Dive in With Sharks at SCUBA Show

Join the Shark Stewards team at SCUBA Show Long Beach learning about sharks and the importance of shark diving to conservation, including a conversation on the recent developments at Guadalupe Island. Visit us at our booth, number 752. Volunteers welcome!

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International Women’s Day: Inspired by the Sharklady

A particularly inspiring woman in STEM was Eugenie Clark. Renowned Ichthyologist, appointed “Shark Lady”, and founder of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, “Genie” created her own path in science and the study of sharks when none else existed. She was one of the first people to claim that sharks were not mindless monsters who would kill anything in their path but that they are smart, instinctive animals who are worthy of our protection and respect.

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Mexico Closes Down Great White Shark Cage Diving

Not perfect, shark dive ecotourism can have negative impacts on shark behavior, with potential injury and impacts of a threatened species, including energetic and reproductive impacts. However, proper oversight by SEMARNAT, the benefit to the Mexican economy, science, and the ambassadorship that shark tourism provides, exceeds the potential harm to sharks, and may be the best solution to save and better understand them scientifically.

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