Category Archives: Elasmobranchs

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 the Mirror Self-Recognition Test

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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Moby the Manta Ray Part 2: How I Am Alike and Different From My Cousins the Sharks

Sharks, rays, and skates are part of a group of fish known as elasmobranchs. There are many ways in which I am the same as my cousins, the sharks and rays. All elasmobranchs do not have any bones. We are … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray: I Am Not a Devilfish! Part 1

Hello, my name is Moby and I am a manta ray (Manta birostris). Despite the unfortunate nickname humans have given me, “devilfish,” I am quite a gentle and graceful giant. My wingspan can be up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) … Continue reading

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Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown in support of AB 376

Dear Governor Jerry Brown, As a lifelong California resident, Chinese-American, and Marine Biologist, I urge you to sign AB 376 (The Shark Protection Act) into law. The shark fin ban has nothing to do with racism; it is solely an … Continue reading

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Domino the Whale Shark: The Poster Shark of Shark Finning

Hello, my name is Domino, and I am a Whale Shark. I think I should be the poster animal for the ending of shark finning. It might be hard to relate to other sharks that are (supposedly) so menacing, ruthless, … Continue reading

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Banning shark fin sales in California: A Chinese-American Marine Biologist’s View

I am a Chinese-American and a marine biologist and I fully support California Assembly Bill (AB) 376 to ban the sale and distribution of shark fins in California.  Hawaii has already banned the possession, sale or distribution of shark fins.  … Continue reading

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Great White Shark’s Adventure at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hello, I’m a Great White Shark. My ancestors and I have been roaming the oceans since before there were dinosaurs on earth. We have been the kings and queens of the sea…until now. Humans have made the oceans unsafe for … Continue reading

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