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You many think that the oceans would be a safer place for all life if top predatory sharks were gone, but just the opposite is true.

Top predatory sharks play a crucial role in the oceans ecosystems. Their predatory behaviors on sick, injured, and lesser predatory animals keep ocean food webs thriving. When you remove top predatory animals, the results can be devastating.

Audio Posted: September 15, 2009 | Running time: 1:44

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Alex Hearn

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Shark Tagging in the Galapagos Islands - Migration and Hotspots

Dr. Alex Hearn studied Oceanography and Marine Biology at Southampton University in the UK, and did his PhD at Heriot Watt University in the Orkney Islands. In 2002, he moved to the Galapagos Islands and worked as coordinator of fisheries research at the Charles Darwin Foundation. Hearn developed the Galapagos Shark Research and Conservation Program in 2006. He is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar at the Biotelemetry Laboratory of UC Davis.

Audio Posted: September 14, 2009 | Running time: 4:39

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Jeff Graham

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Sharks: Explorations of Nature’s Time Machine

Dr. Jeffrey Graham is a research physiologist and senior lecturer at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. His research has expanded from studies on the physiological and biological perspectives of sharks to include shark ecology and habitat research. In 2006, the Southern California Bight Elasmobranch Consortium was created and headquartered in his laboratory. Dr. Graham holds a PhD from the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Audio Posted: September 11, 2009 | Running time: 4:15

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Gregor Cailliet

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Marine Biology

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Life Histories and Fishery Ecology of Sharks and Rays

Dr. Gregor Cailliet received a doctorate in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1972. That same year, he became a faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and has been there ever since. Dr. Cailliet presently serves as the Program Director of the Pacific Shark Research Center. He has served as an advisor to 100 masters students in the field of marine fish ecology and has also been very active in central California reserves or sanctuaries.

Audio Posted: August 26, 2009 | Running time: 3:59

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A Shark’s Sixth Sense  buttonLink

Sharks unique ability to sense electrical impulses in the water.

Besides hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing, and feeling the world around them, sharks are adapted with a sixth sense that allows them to use electroreceptors called Ampullae de Lorenzini. Learn more about this rare ability that aids sharks in the skilled predation of their prey.

Audio Posted: August 25, 2009 | Running time: 1:14

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Chris Lowe

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Shark Myths and Misconceptions

Chris Lowe has been studying sharks for over 20 years and currently runs the Shark Lab at CSULB where he was recently awarded Professor of the Year. Dr. Lowe’s research interests include the physiological and behavioral ecology of elasmobranchs and other gamefishes, as well as the role of marine refuges in fisheries conservation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marine biology at Barrington College. He went on to get his masters in biology at CSULB. And he holds a PhD in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Audio Posted: August 21, 2009 | Running time: 4:01

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A Toothy Situation  buttonLink

Taking a closer look at shark teeth

The very body part that makes sharks so intimidating is also what makes sharks so fascinating: teeth! From sharks that filter their food instead of biting to sharks that have jaws much like a nutcracker, you can learn a tremendous amount about a shark just by looking at its teeth.

Audio Posted: July 6, 2009 | Running time: 1:29

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May Student Scholar: Brent Maxwell Ward

10th Anniversary Scholars | Conservation | Marine Biology

May Student Scholar: Brent Maxwell Ward  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce Brent Maxwell Ward as its 10th Anniversary Scholar in May for his efforts in marine science and conservation. Ward has shown a strong interest in marine biology and conservation. He studied ocean life and the tides during the summer in a NAACP sailing program. There, he learned to work with shipmates of all backgrounds. He has also volunteered at beach clean-ups at Colorado Lagoon. His interest in water extends to his participation in water polo and on the swim team. Maxwell wishes to study biology in college, and become an anesthesiologist.

Audio Posted: June 23, 2009 | Running time: 2:55

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Sibling Rivalry  buttonLink

Sand tiger sharks get a jump start on predation.

Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning in the case of sand tiger shark reproduction. Discover how these embryonic sharks become experienced predators even before they are born.

Audio Posted: June 15, 2009 | Running time: 1:47

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Against the Flow  buttonLink

How fish larvae find a reef home.

Tiny drifters or determined swimmers? New research is discovering some startling information about how larval fish find and populate new reef ecosystems.

Audio Posted: June 1, 2009 | Running time: 2:35

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