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It's hammer time: video of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other species protected under CITES

One small step for mankind, and a great big one for the world's oceans this week in Bangkok. The Daily Matter brings you a look at some of the creatures now under protection, and a quick primer on CITES so you can navigate the tricky world of the international wildlife trade.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 10:59am

Sharks invade Florida coast in annual migration

Florida's popular Spring Break resorts have attracted some extra visitors to the beach this year - thousands of blacktip and spinner sharks on their annual migration north.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:33am

South African court convicts fisherman for killing great white shark

The landmark decision was lauded by conservationists, who said they hoped the move would help dissuade others from hunting the protected species.

6 Feb 2013 - 6:01am

Shark brains could hold key to attacks, says study

Shark brains have been found to share several features with those of humans, a discovery which Australian researchers believe could be crucial to developing "repellents" for the killer great white species.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:38am

Sharks that stray close to Australian beaches to be killed

Great white sharks that stray too close to beaches on Australia's west coast will be caught and killed under a new government plan in response to an unprecedented spate of fatalities.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:46am

Letters to the Editor, August 27, 2012

Science degree offers limited job options

Press reports pointed out that the visit of Chinese astronauts to Hong Kong earlier this month had inspired youngsters to look at science, not just business.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:53am

Sharks dying to go into fisherman's nets, says mainland aquatics product rep

China's aquatics product industry is taking on ex-basketball star Yao Ming in defence of the trade in shark fins.

18 Aug 2012 - 4:35am

No more shark fin is good news

I've just read that the mainland is planning to ban shark's fin soup from being served at official banquets. While many people believe the dish is a symbol of wealth, it requires the killing of millions of sharks each year.

The creatures are often butchered in cruel ways. Their fins are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the ocean to die.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Huge shark is spotted in Hong Kong

Twelve beaches in Hong Kong were closed after a large shark was seen near Lamma Island last week.

Anne-Sophie Girard was one of the first people to see the giant fish. She was on a boat at Sham Wan, on Lamma, enjoying a party with her family and friends. But suddenly the boat's captain saw a fin in the water. He quickly told the swimmers to get back on the boat.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Some fin really special

Twelve beaches across Hong Kong were closed last week after bathers spotted the black fin of a suspected whale shark slicing through the water.

While it is wise to get out of the sea until one knows what kind of shark it is, most people have little knowledge about these marine beasts.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am