As a postscript to our previous shark post, I’d like to mention the work of a group of researchers from Michigan State University who studied media coverage of sharks. The article, which appeared in Conservation Biology, found that more than 52% of media articles focused on shark attacks on humans, while less than 10% focused on conservation, making the shark out to be a villain rather than a victim. That’s bad news for a creature that’s already at risk from overfishing, bycatch, habitat loss, and climate change.
And in other shark news, golfers on a course in southern California had to contend with a small leopard shark dropping from the sky. The shark was apparently picked up by a bird (probably a fairly sizeable bird, since the shark was two feet long) but dropped along the way. Fortunately for the shark, the course marshal managed to get it into water and drive it back to the ocean, where it was released and swam away.
So in addition to all the risks above, sharks have to deal with predatory birds and golfers. It’s a shark’s life.
[Featured image: Leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata). Photo by Tewy, licensed under GNU FDL.]