New Shark Species Discovered in Food Market

Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias) from Eric Cheng on Vimeo.

From National Geographic:

New Shark Species Found in Food Market

Dogfish not first species to be found en route to dinner plate

John Roach

for National Geographic News

Published September 1, 2011

It’s unlikely anyone’s ever complained, “Waiter, there’s a new species in my soup.” But the situation isn’t as rare as you might think.

A monkey, a lizard, and an “extinct” bird have all been discovered en route to the dinner plate, and now a new shark species joins their ranks, scientists report.

Fish taxonomists found the previously unknown shark at a market in Taiwan—no big surprise, according to study co-author William White.

“Most fish markets in the region will regularly contain sharks,” White, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Hobart, Australia, said via email.

In fact, he and a colleague had headed to the Tashi Fish Market specifically to “collect some material and to see whether there were noticeable differences in the [shark] catches from previous decades,” he said.

“Amongst a number of other species, we collected a number of Squalus species—one of which was this new high-fin species.”

The new species, Squalus formosus, is a three-foot-long (one-meter-long) short-nosed dogfish. It’s distinguished from other dogfish species in the Squalus genus by a particularly upright first fin on its back, a strong spine, and a very short, rounded head, White said. …

The new shark species is described in the August 26 issue of the Journal of Fish Biology.

Shark Fin Ban Passes In California Senate: here.

Prominent Singapore-based supermarket chain Cold Storage has joined the WWF Singapore Sustainable Seafood Group and marked its commitment with an announcement that it will stop selling all shark fin and shark products in its 42 outlets across the country: here.

Check out this video for a volunteer-run shark study in Honduras: here.

Sharks in trouble: here.

The government of the Marshall Islands has passed new legislation this week making shark fishing illegal within the entirety of its two million sq km, (750,000 sq miles) territorial waters, effectively making them the world’s largest shark sanctuary: here.

A Growing Movement to Save Sharks: here.

Global effort develops to save sharks: here.

Malaysia to ban shark hunting from 2012: here.

Shocking images capture scale of global shark trade: here.

Surveying sharks around Isla de Vieques, an island-municipality of Puerto Rico closed off by the US Navy for 60 years: here.

Scared of sharks? 5 Reasons Why You Should be Amazed by Them: Wildlife Promise: here.

3 thoughts on “New Shark Species Discovered in Food Market

  1. Shark-infested Aussie golf course believed to be a world first

    October 09, 2011 6:56PM

    MEMBERS of a golf club in Australia have something more to worry about than just their swing, playing on what is thought to be the world’s first shark-infested course.

    Six man-eating bull sharks live in the lake in the center of the course at Brisbane’s Carbrook Golf Club, where their fins poking through the water has become a regular sight.

    The sharks, which are between 8ft and 10ft (2.4m-3m) long, got onto the Queensland golf course when it flooded some years ago after a river broke its banks.

    They became stranded when the water receded, but now they are thriving and even breeding, Sky News reported.

    “You can’t believe how close you are … just six feet [1.8m] away,” club general manager Scott Wagstaff said.

    “There’s no drama, it’s become a positive thing for the golf course. They are amazing. I’ve become a shark lover since working here.”

    Although the lake is well stocked with fish, Mr Wagstaff occasionally throws in meat to encourage the sharks to come near the surface.

    “I’m sure they are aggressive when you are in the water but when you are out here feeding them they are beautiful to watch,” he said.

    The sharks have become renowned in the region and there is even a monthly tournament called the “Shark Lake Challenge.”


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