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Shark silhouettes. From Shadows in the sea, Chilton Books (1963), Philadelphia. Found here.

Yeah, we are really, really small.
Found on Shark Attack Survivors for Shark Conservation’s facebook page. Love this.
The Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) is often mistaken for juvenile great whites due to their similar body structure and tendency to breach out of the water in pursuit of prey. They’re one of my personal favorite sharks, closely related to the porbeagle shark. 
Reaching up to 10 feet in length, they’re able to travel through a wide range of depths and temperatures from Japan to Oregon and California, and even Alaska! Of course, being migratory sharks they cross much more water than just those areas. Since they’re homeothermic,  they are able to chase high energy prey including squid, sea otters, sea birds, and possibly even pinnipeds. Alaskan salmon sharks consume anywhere from 12-25% of the annual Pacific Salmon run in Prince William Sound! Unlike many shark species, including the soon-to-be endangered great white, salmon sharks have a stable population as a Least Concern species. Despite this, they still have no more than four to five pups every TWO years, and it can take up to 13 years for them to sexually mature. 
Although there are no known attacks on humans, this shark can still pose a risk to us! Don’t forget your shark safety when entering the waters.
Although shark pups are born with all the equipment they’ll ever need to defend themselves and hunt down food, developing embryos still stuck in their egg cases are vulnerable to predators. But a new study finds that even these baby sharks can detect a potential predator, and play possum to avoid being eaten.
Read how they do it here.
Media Coverage on Sharks Focuses More on Attacks Than Conservation
The treatment of sharks in the media and popular culture has been historically rather harsh. A new study from Michigan State University reveals that this negative image is affecting their survival.
The findings of this study, published in the current issue of Conservation Biology, reviewed worldwide media coverage of sharks and found that the majority isn’t good.
Read the sad truth here.
Australia’s controversial plans to reduce the population of sharks in surrounding seas entails of very little thought and fear-mongering tactics.
The proposed cull is an attempt to protect beach-goers from potential attack, but is this a largely Jaws-inspired fear campaign that hasn’t been properly thought through?
Do sharks actually pose a threat to Australians?
Read the entire article here.
Sharks aren’t that dangerous in comparison to things like.. Mosquitoes. Think about it.
See the full poster here.
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