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A lot on their plate: Sea’s custodians must do more

South Africa has proclaimed 20 new marine protected areas, mirroring worldwide efforts to conserve more marine areas. But a lack of funding and management mean most remain ‘Parks on Paper’. Skyla Thornton reports

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Of rashes and threshers: How dermal denticles make the apex predator even harder to handle

Surfer and sometimes shark researcher Sean Kelly takes a salty look at shark skin, a marvel of evolution.

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Bycatch threat to apex predators

Shark and ray numbers are dwindling. Bottom trawling and a lack of government monitoring are adding to the problem, writes Katie Biggar

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Hooked on safety – the price of keeping KZN’s bathers safe from sharks

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has a mandate to protect bathers against shark attacks while minimising the environmental impact. It insists its move to using baited drumlines rather than nets is a step in the right direction.

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Spotted!
How a surfer’s project turned the tide on shark fears

A brush with his own mortality stoked big wave rider and adventurer Greg Bertish into launching Shark Spotters – an internationally acclaimed bathing safety project that’s also doing wonders for shark conservation. He spoke to Rio Button

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A shiver of sharks:
Old stories tell another truth

Indigenous cultures venerated sharks, with a rich mythology that aided their preservation. It’s a lesson we can draw from today, writes Lisa Cloete  

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How Old Oven Mitt capitalised on a famous exit (and came to the rescue of a struggling industry)

Did orcas frighten away False Bay’s cow sharks and what became of the great whites? Marine biologist Leigh de Necker and the Shark Spotters research team, play sleuths

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In deep:
From barbel fishing to basking sharks

Young South Africans get little exposure to sea life, and that’s part of the reason sharks are demonised. Njabulo Mduli, tells about his journey from fear to fascination and shares a few facts about three big, but lesser-known, beasts.

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Killer story: welcome twist to a tired old tale

Are South Africans warming to sharks? Roving Reporter, Natalie dos Santos, brings some heartening news from our chilly winter seas, even as fears grow for the future of these apex predators.

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RAY TO GO: Aspiring science writers invited to explore sharky waters

Should we give a rat’s ass that many species of rays and sharks could be on the brink of extinction?  Are people actually part of any “man-eating sharks” diet?