Category Archives: Elasmobranchs

Children’s Book Review: If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

If Sharks Disappeared, is written and illustrated by Lily Williams, and published by Roaring Brook Press. It is a much needed book about sharks. There are numerous children’s books about sharks, but not many show sharks in a positive light. … Continue reading

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Hammerhead Sharks at Cocos Island

Ah, it feels great to swim around in a school of Hammerhead Sharks. My name is Sam. Here at Cocos Island, off of the shore of Costa Rica, I can roam free with hundreds of other hammerhead sharks. I used … Continue reading

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My Manta Ray Encounter

This blog post won second place in the 2016 San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Contest for best blog entry! My Manta Ray Encounter From the back of the boat, I made a giant stride into the black nighttime water. Underwater, … Continue reading

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What it’s Like to SCUBA Dive: Part I

I have returned from a SCUBA diving trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am inspired to share the joy of diving with those that may never learn to dive. PADI, a leading SCUBA diving organization that certifies … Continue reading

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A Great White Shark’s view of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

Hi, my name is Boo. I’m the star of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. At least my species is. I’m a great white shark. My name is Boo because I like to sneak up on my prey. The name … Continue reading

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10 Amazing Facts About Manta Rays

1. There are two species of Manta Rays: The Coastal or Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi) and the Oceanic or Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris). 2. A Manta Ray’s spot pattern on its belly is as unique as a human … Continue reading

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The Fastest, Heaviest, Largest, Longest, & Oldest Ocean Animals

Now that the Winter Olympics are over, I thought I’d list some record-breaking ocean animals: 1. The fastest fish in the ocean is a sailfish clocked at 68.18 mph (miles per hour)or 109.73 kph (kilometers per hour). 2. The fastest … Continue reading

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Whale Shark Snorkeling off of Cancun, Mexico

Snorkeling with Whale sharks off of Cancun, Mexico Last summer (2012), I got the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to swim with whale sharks off of Cancun, Mexico. Whale sharks are the largest fish and the largest shark in the ocean, yet … Continue reading

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The 3 Most Pressing Ocean Issues for World Oceans Day

This World Oceans Day I would like to reflect on the state of the oceans. There are 3 major issues facing the oceans. They are (in no particular order): 1. Overfishing 2. Climate Change 3. Pollution 1.Overfishing *It is estimated … Continue reading

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What is CITES, and how does it affect sharks and rays worldwide?

March madness came early for ocean conservationists yesterday (9am March 11,2013 local time in Thailand) as the twitterverse was abuzz with the hashtags #CITES #CITES4sharks So what is CITES, and how does it affect sharks and rays worldwide? In short, … Continue reading

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Why does Shark Stanley and his friends need your help?

Hi, my name is Shark Stanley and I am a Hammerhead Shark. My friends, Reina the Manta Ray, Pierre the Porbeagle Shark, and Waqi the Oceanic Whitetip Shark, and I live on a coral reef. We are not only featured … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray and Self-Recognition

My earlier posts ended pretty grim because I wanted to share how manta rays are being overfished. But today I just want to share one really cool fact about us manta rays. Did you know that manta rays have the … Continue reading

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The Endangered Animals of Finding Nemo: Great White Sharks

G’day mate, my name’s Bruce. I’m a Great White Shark. While I am great, heh heh, I am white only on my belly! The rest of me is gray. In Finding Nemo, my and chums and I had the motto, … Continue reading

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Domino the Whale Shark Gets Freed From a Fisherman’s Net!

There I was gulping seawater as usual to filter out my next meal, and cruising along at a modest 3 mph (4.8 kph) when bam! Instantly, I could no longer get anywhere when I flicked my powerful tail. I am … Continue reading

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Why Manta Rays Are Becoming Endangered (Moby the Manta Ray Part 3)

It has been brought to my attention that even though I am a very fascinating animal, many humans do not understand why us manta rays need their help to gain protection worldwide. Here are the reasons why: 1. Manta rays … Continue reading

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