Latest Sharks News

Laboratory tags record number of sharks off California coast

Oct. 18, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — There are more sharks in the water off the coast of Southern California than ever before, according to marine researchers. The Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, tagged 38 sharks, which is more than triple the number tagged tag last year, KCAL-TV reported ...

Surfer vanishes in suspected shark attack in Australia

Oct. 9, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A surfer vanished in a suspected shark attack on Friday off the Australian southwest coast, police said. A surfboard was found at Wylie Bay near the town of Esperance and a search was underway for the man who had been riding it, a police statement. Ambulance officers reported the...

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2018, file photo provided by the United States Attorney's Office and introduced as evidence in court in Honolulu shows some of the hundreds of shark fins seized from a Japanese fishing boat. A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in a shark finning case. Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. agreed to pay a $126,000 fine and forfeit another $119,000 because of an investigation that found shark fins in crewmembers' luggage in 2018. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Fishing boat owner pleads guilty in shark finning case

Oct. 8, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday in a case involving Indonesian crew members who cut fins from sharks. Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. agreed to pay a $126,000 fine and forfeit another $119,000 because of an investigation that found shark fins in crewmembers'...

Drone video shows Australian surfer's close call with shark

Oct. 7, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A great white shark circled to within inches of pro surfer Matt Wilkinson's board before darting away in a chilling encounter captured by a drone that is part of an Australian shark warning system. The 1.5 meter (5 foot) shark might have been deterred from attacking Wilkinson by...

A grey seal swims in Casco Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, off Portland, Maine. Seals, especially grey seals, are being blamed for attracting sharks and for stealing from commercial fishermen. Critics say the increased seal population will hurt the economy and scare off tourists. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Conservation success or pests? Seals spark passionate debate

Oct. 5, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nick Muto has fished up and down the New England coast and there is nothing that gets his blood boiling more than the sight of a seal. Muto, whose two boats fish for groundfish such as skate and monkfish as well as lobster, is among a growing group of anglers, beach goers and local...

Manta ray nursery discovered along southeast coast

Oct. 3, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A nursery for giant oceanic manta rays — a furtive relative of the more flamboyant shark — has been discovered in the saltwater border of Palm Beach County in a study scientists say is a first step to protecting what could be critical habitat for the threatened...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William, centre, and Kate, the  Duchess of Cambridge, react with Naturalist David Attenborough, left, with their children, Prince George, seated, Princess Charlotte, right and Prince Louis, foreground, in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough to watch a private outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Attenborough gives shark tooth to 7-year-old Prince George

Sep. 27, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. Photos released by the palace showed the 7-year-old prince looking intrigued as he looked at the tooth...

Hawaii officials post shark warnings at 2 popular beaches

Sep. 26, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii ocean safety officials have posted shark warning signs at two popular beaches on Oahu's south and north shores. Officials posted new shark warning signs at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki and Waimea Bay on the North Shore. Officials say they spotted a 4- to 5-foot (1.2 to 1.5 meters) shark...

Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety after shark attack

Sep. 23, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife didn't think twice, jumping out of a boat to pull him to safety, a sheriff's deputy said. Andrew Eddy, 30, was on a private boat with his wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy and her family at the...

Georgia snorkeler attacked by shark in Florida Keys

Sep. 20, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old snorkeler from Atlanta, Georgia was attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys on Sunday. Andrew Eddy was in a private boat with his family, exploring the reefs at Sombrero Key Light when he was bitten on the shoulder by a bull shark, Monroe County Sheriff's officials said....