One hot topic at the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—yes, there is such a thing, and it was going on Tuesday in Qatar—was the protection of certain species of shark that provide the key ingredient in sharkfin soup. Save the spiny dogfish!
In one of the more startling scientific discoveries of late, two teams of researchers have found that a baby hammerhead born in a Nebraska aquarium six years ago was conceived via parthogenesis—i.e., without the genetic contribution of a male.
A three-meter-long white pointer shark swallowed an Australian diver headfirst, up to his torso, only to discover that it couldn’t stand the taste. The dissatisfied shark then spat out Eric Nerhus, who experts believe was mistaken for a seal.