Sharks (One With Two Heads!), Leatherbacks, and Seafood

Written by on April 14, 2013 in Marine Life

Daily Summary

China seafood sales helped by bird flu fears

As the bird flu (H7N9) continues in China, poultry sales are down and seafood sales are up. Prices of fish are rising day to day as several poultry markets have stopped doing business. One report notes that even frozen chicken is rarely asked for now. While this is bad news for the poultry market, “prospects for seafood prices look particularly good for 2013.”

Huge shark gives kayak angler a major surprise

Isaac Brumaghim was filming his fishing trip off western Oahu last week and ended up capturing footage he never intended to get. He had just hooked a small tuna while fishing from his kayak when a huge shark jumped out of the water to steal his fish. The tuna ended up getting freed from the hook only to be devoured by the shark. You can see the video here (warning, it contains an expletive):

New law to protect Puerto Rico leatherback turtles

After a 15-year battle between developers and environmentalists, Puerto Rico has finally established a new law to protect endangered leatherback turtles. Developers argued that this is a great area for new hotels and golf courses to boost the local economy, but environmentalists maintained that it should be an area for ecotourism as it is home to many other important species. The law protects the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a 14 sq km (5.4 sq miles) area of the coast that has become an important nesting site for leatherbacks.

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). Photo credit: Scott R. Benson, NMFS/SFSC.

Two-Headed Blue Shark Surfaces (Another One!)

A couple weeks ago, reports of a two-headed bull shark flooded the internet. Now, National Geographic has new photos sent in from a reader of a tiny two-headed blue shark. This one was a fetus that was removed from the stomach of its mother by a fisherman who caught the adult off the coast of Australia back in 2008.

A blue shark (Prionace glauca).

A blue shark (Prionace glauca) caught on skipjack bait. Photo credit: Apex Predators Program, NOAA/NEFSC.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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