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Millions of doses of the H1N1/09 vaccine contain a substance called squalene, which is extracted from the livers of rare deep-sea sharks caught in the wild, conservationists say.

December 29, 2009

Many of the hammerhead sharks butchered to feed Asian demand for shark-fin soup come from endangered populations in American waters, a new forensic study shows.

December 3, 2009

The tiny island country of Palau has set aside a vast haven for sharks, which are plummeting due to rising demand for shark-fin soup.

September 25, 2009

A loggerhead sea turtle seemingly injured by a shark was recently fitted with "trial" prosthetics as part of efforts to give the rare animal fully functioning flippers. Video.

August 03, 2009

Basking sharks, the world's second biggest fish, usually die at sea. So why did a 20-foot giant beach itself on New York's Long Island on Tuesday?

July 15, 2009

For decades, scientists have been unable to explain the annual disappearance of the world's second biggest shark. Now, answer in hand, experts are "really blown away."

May 7, 2009

From a reported 270,000 sharks fished daily to 106,000 cans of soda consumed every 30 seconds, brain-boggling measures of human consumption have been made visual--just in time for Earth Day.

April 17, 2009

In just a short time, the 41st megamouth shark ever found went from swimming in Philippine waters to simmering in coconut milk.

April 7, 2009

A tooth-studded, four-million-year-old fossil discovered in Peru has taken some of the bite out of the great white shark's supposedly menacing ancestry, a new study finds.

March 12, 2009

Leashed to a stick like a neglected puppy, the youngest known wild whale shark was rescued Saturday in the Philippines—perhaps revealing the area to be crucial to whale sharks' survival. With video.

March 9, 2009

Spotters have recorded more than 470 great white shark sightings in five years at South Africa's False Bay beaches. Thanks in part to the spotters' alerts, there have been no related fatalities.

February 25, 2009

The new ocean update to Google Earth allows anyone to view the seafloor and wildlife under the waves in pictures, video, and maps.

February 2, 2009

Some assumptions about the evolution of jawed vertebrates are "completely wrong," according to a new analysis of a 415-million-year-old fish-like animal.

January 14, 2009

Costa Rica's Cocos Island National Park, nicknamed "Shark Island," has what might be the highest concentration of sharks anywhere. But even here, sharks are vulnerable.

October 24, 2008

Economies built on fishing shrinking stocks of shark are putting some Baja fishers in a precarious place.

September 30, 2008


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