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Blogs

Whale Shark Tales from Indonesia’s Islands

Added to Blogs on 30 August 2021

From grandma’s shark on the island of Borneo, to Sulawesi’s moon shark, and ancestor’s shark on Java, this Whale Shark Day, discover five different whale shark tales and learn about the cultural meaning of these gentle giants in Indonesia.

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Five reasons why oceanic sharks and rays matter to the world and people!

Added to Blogs on 08 June 2021

While there are only a few dozen of oceanic shark and ray species – animals that spend most of their lives in the open ocean – they are critical for the health of the ocean and the well-being of millions of people who depend on it for food and their livelihoods. These fascinating fishes are essential for so many reasons, from being blue carbon sinks and ocean mixers to inspiring innovation and design! This World Oceans Day, let's learn more about how important these predators are to the big blue, our planet, and people!

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Scalloped hammerhead shark caught in a net © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF
Scalloped hammerhead shark caught in a net © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF

Ravaged by Fishing — An Oceanic Shark Emergency

Added to Blogs on 13 May 2021

By Andy Cornish

Two iconic shark species — oceanic whitetip and scalloped hammerhead — as well as many other sharks and rays inhabiting the open ocean are being pushed toward extinction. Main threat? Overfishing. How did we get here and what can be done to save them?

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The Rarest of the Rare - five sharks and rays on the brink of extinction

Added to Blogs on 03 March 2021

This World Wildlife Day, we present five critically endangered sharks and rays you might have never heard of – and unless urgent action is taken to save them – you are unlikely to ever see…

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Five Incredible Whale Shark Discoveries of the Last Decade

Added to Blogs on 27 August 2020

By Magda Nieduzak

Let’s celebrate this year's Whale Shark Day by learning about five fascinating facts scientists have discovered about these gentle giants in the past decade, from having a unique eye armour to figuring out how old they are by studying atomic bomb tests!

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© Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF
© Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF

Six Solutions to Save Sharks

Added to Blogs on 14 July 2020

By Andy Cornish

Sharks are in deep trouble. Driven mainly by overfishing, their numbers are plummeting, and an alarming number of species are facing extinction. These diverse and necessary species have been evolving for some 400 million years, but now time is not on their side. This Shark Awareness Day, Dr. Andy Cornish highlights the top six things we believe need to happen if the downward trajectories of so many shark populations are to be reversed. These are not in any order of priority — each is essential.

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Nine Cool Shark and Ray Superpowers

Added to Blogs on 13 July 2020

By Magda Nieduzak

Sharks and rays are an incredibly diverse group of vertebrates that have evolved around 400 million years ago, outliving the dinosaurs. There are over 1,200 species known to science, from the tiny dwarf lantern shark all the way to the gigantic whale shark. But it is not just their diversity that makes them so cool – they do have some very special superpowers too! Let’s take a closer look at some of them to celebrate this International Shark Awareness Day.

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The WWF Sharkulator Story

Added to Blogs on 13 July 2020

By Andy Cornish

How we can now tell people how many sharks they can save by refusing shark fin soup -- The story behind our brand-new science-based tool allowing to calculate how many of these increasingly threatened marine creatures can be saved based on the number of bowls of shark fin soup not consumed.

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5 ways in which sharks and rays help ecosystems, other species, and people.

Added to Blogs on 08 June 2020

By Magda Nieduzak

Let’s celebrate some of the most enigmatic and misunderstood creatures of the blue – sharks and rays, which are crucial for the health of our planet! Here are 5 incredible ways in which sharks and rays help the world, from fighting climate change, to sharing food with their neighbours, to growing phytoplankton, and more.

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© Paul Hilton / WWF
© Paul Hilton / WWF

Species for Sale: Manta Ray

Added to Blogs on 01 June 2020

Manta rays - giant cartilaginous fish found in tropical and subtropical seas - are slow breeding and naturally uncommon. Along with the closely related devil rays, mantas are targeted for their gill plates, which are sold dried for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Although gill plates are rarely prescribed by TCM practitioners, they became highly sought after over a decade ago thanks to traders in Guangdong aggressively marketing them as a health tonic ingredient. Find our more in this blog by Thomas Gomersall of WWF Hong Kong.

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© Shutterstock / ShaunWilkinson / WWF
© Shutterstock / ShaunWilkinson / WWF

Celebrating sawfish on International Sawfish Day

Added to Blogs on 17 October 2019

Australia is home to four of the five species of sawfish and probably holds some of the last secure populations of these species globally. WWF-Australia is working hard to protect endangered sawfish by calling on the Queensland Government to legislate a Net Free North. Read more about sawfish and our work to protect them.

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© WWF-Indonesia
© WWF-Indonesia

How CITES Is Starting to Drive Improvements in Shark Management and Trade

Added to Blogs on 19 September 2019

By Andy Cornish

While regulations on trade such as CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) may seem distinct from fisheries management, they are actually a key component of comprehensive management measures, at least for fishes like sharks whose products are frequently exported. Five years on since the first wave of Appendix II listings for commercially important sharks and rays came into effect, some patterns are beginning to emerge.

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Unlocking secrets of gentle giants – whale sharks and citizen science

Added to Blogs on 29 August 2019

By Magda Nieduzak

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are filter-feeding and highly migratory sharks, which travel between coastal waters and open oceans. Growing up to 20 meters in length (longer than a school bus) and weighing up to 34 tonnes (nearly as heavy as 6 large African elephants), they are by far the biggest living fish in the world. And yet, in spite of being one of the most iconic marine species, these sharks still hold many secrets waiting to be uncovered!

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© Antonio Busiello / WWF-US
© Antonio Busiello / WWF-US

Why we need more protected areas to conserve sharks and benefit people

Added to Blogs on 19 July 2019

By Andy Cornish

Well-planned Marine Protected Areas can provide multiple benefits for coastal communities as well as sharks and rays. While the combined area of existing shark MPAs is impressive, there is still a huge potential yet to be tapped.

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Jurgen Freund/WWF
Jurgen Freund/WWF

Plugging data gaps to bring sharks back from the brink

Added to Blogs on 10 April 2019

By Andy Cornish

It’s hard to save species if you don’t have the right information. This is particularly true for sharks, and why WWF has launched the first-ever Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays to help address a major gap in efforts by WWF and others to save sharks.

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