shark week

Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

Posted Fri, Aug 15, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bycatch, great white shark, shark media attention, shark week, sharks

Great white sharks receive negative media attention

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: "White shark" by Pterantula (Terry Goss) at en.wikipedia - Derivative of w:Image:Whiteshark-TGoss5b.jpg. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons) 

In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Not surprisingly, great white sharks turned out to be the fan favorite!


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Photos: Meet the Biggest Shark Species Swimming in the Oceans

Posted Wed, Aug 13, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to great white sharks, largest sharks, megamouth shark, shark week, whale sharks

Great white sharks are the third largest shark species

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: Oceana)

Do you think you can name the largest shark species swimming in our oceans? Great white sharks probably come to mind first, but it turns out that those behemoths aren’t actually the largest out of the hundreds of existing shark species.

These cartilaginous fish have been navigating the world’s oceans for roughly 450 million years—even before the dinosaurs—so they’re naturally worthy of celebrating. 


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Photos: Introducing Deep-Sea Sharks, Some of the Wildest Looking Fish in the Oceans

Posted Tue, Aug 12, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bycatch, deep sea sharks, shark adaptations, shark week, sharks

Deep sea sharks have special adaptations

Frilled Shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus). (Photo: © Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Did you know that over 350 shark species exist? Despite that massive number, most of the cartilaginous fish that get our attention are often the ones that frequent coastlines or are the most charismatic, like great white sharks and whale sharks.


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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Shark Species?

Posted Tue, Aug 12, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to galapagos shark, great white sharks, scalloped hammerhead, shark week, sharks, whale sharks

Favorite shark species

Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezi). (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez)

In honor of Discovery’s Shark Week, The Beacon will be celebrating the wonders of sharks through Friday. With over 350 shark species, the class Chondrichthyes is full of biodiversity, from sawfish to manta rays and famous great white sharks.

This week, we’re asking our readers to weigh in your favorite shark species. You have until Thursday, August 14 at 11:59 p.m. to pick one of the shark species below (take a look beneath the poll for a glimpse of each species), and whichever shark gets the most votes will be featured on The Beacon on Friday with a full species bio.


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Photos: Dusky the Shark Makes His First Appearance at Shark Week’s FinFest

Posted Tue, Aug 12, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to dusky sharks, dusky the shark, finfest, shark week

Dusky the Shark appears at Discovery's FinFest

Dusky dancing at the FinFest concert. (Photo: Chris Panagakis)

This weekend, Dusky the Shark made his first-ever appearance at Discovery Channel’s FinFest in Hermosa Beach, California, a two-day event that kicked off Shark Week. Dusky made quite the splash at FinFest and stayed busy educating the public about his species.


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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 2: Dusky Learns Why His Population is Declining

Posted Tue, Aug 12, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bycatch, dusky sharks, dusky the shark, dusky's bucket list, shark week

Oceana helps dusky the shark

Dusky the Shark learns why his population is declining. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the second in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. Over the next few days, Dusky will appear in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. Check The Beacon again tomorrow for the next installment of Dusky’s Big Adventure, and click here to see Monday’s installment of Dusky’s Big Adventure.


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Photos: The 10 Coolest Facts You Never Knew about Sharks

Posted Mon, Aug 11, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to basking sharks, shark facts, shark week, sharks, whale sharks

Top ten cool shark facts

A school of scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini). (Photo: Oceana / Rob Stewart)

From our obsession with shark-themed movies like “Jaws,” to our desire to collect shark teeth at the beach, there's no denying that humans have a fascination with these cartilaginous fish.

But, just how well do you know these creatures? Even if you consider yourself pretty knowledgeable about these species, there’s always something new to learn. Take a look below at ten cool shark facts that may make you look at these ancient creatures in a different light.


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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 1: Dusky Turns to Oceana for Help

Posted Mon, Aug 11, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bycatch, dusky sharks, dusky the shark, dusky's bucket list, shark week

Dusky shark populations have declined by 99 percent

Dusky the Shark comes ashore to ask Oceana for help in rebuilding his population. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the first in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. Over the next few days, Dusky will appear in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. Check The Beacon again tomorrow for the next installment of Dusky’s Big Adventure.


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Meet the Dusky Shark: A Species that Needs Your Help to Literally Get Off the Hook (Photos)

Posted Fri, Aug 8, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to bycatch, dusky sharks, dusky the shark, dusky's bucket list, shark week

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A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons)

You may not have heard of the dusky shark, a bronze-blue colored species found in warm coastal and pelagic waters around the world. While they may not be as famous as the favored great white or tiger sharks, dusky sharks are just as fascinating: These apex predators can live to be 40 years old, grow to be 12 feet long, and return to their natal regional waters to give birth. Unfortunately, dusky sharks off the Atlantic coast are in trouble.


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