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Hong Kong seizes fins from 38,500 endangered sharks

May 07, 2020 - 1:22 PM

The record haul is discovered in two containers from Ecuador, and highlights the continued demand for shark fin, which is served at wedding banquets in many Chinese communities

This handout photo taken on May 6, 2020 and received on May 7 from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department shows seized sharks fins displayed at a customs facility in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has seized 26 tonnes of smuggled shark fins sliced from some 38,500 endangered animals in the largest bust of its kind in the southern Chinese city. Handout / Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department / AFP

Don't touch blacktip sharks spotted in southern Cebu – fisheries bureau

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The sharks appeared in town only kilometers away from Oslob, where whale shark feeding is a tourist attraction

SHARK SPOTTED. Blacktip reef shark spotted on the north side of the Palmyra Atoll. Photo by Laura M. Beauregard, USFWS/Wikimedia Commons

Whale sharks return to Camiguin, gov't asks tourists, locals to let them be

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:04 AM

The whale sharks' newfound presence gives high hopes that these gentle marine giants are back to stay and will repopulate

A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. 104 new whale shark individuals were identified in Donsol from January until June of 2019. Photograph © Jurgen Freund

French tourist injured in Seychelles shark attack

Dec 30, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) cordons off the area where the attack occurred to search for the shark

SHARK ATTACK. The 45-year-old tourist was attacked by a shark off the island of Praslin, Seychelles.

'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary sued over fatal boat crash

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Kevin O'Leary and his wife were involved in an August boat crash that killed two people and seriously injured 3

Vietnamese poachers arrested in Palawan

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan says during the chase, the poachers 'were seen throwing their freshly caught fish and sharks off the boat'

‘Largest number in years’: Over 100 new whale sharks spotted in Donsol

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The sighting of 'very young' whale shark juveniles 'suggests that Ticao Pass may be a pupping ground for whale sharks, further increasing the ecological significance of the area,' says the World Wide Fund for Nature

SIGHTED. A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. Photo by Jurgen Freund

'Shark Tank' star Kevin O' Leary involved in fatal boat crash

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Kevin O' Leary and his wife were on board a boat when the collision that killed two people and injured 3 happened

Stranded juvenile whale shark dies in Masbate

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Officials say a local saw the butanding trying to swim back after being beached but the low tide had set in fast, preventing it to go back to the waters

BEACHED.  A juvenile whale shark is seen beached on the shoreline of Sitio Laao, Barangay Pawikan, Cataingan town in Masbate. Photo courtesy of Nonie Enolva/BFAR

Selfies: 5 times more deadly than shark attacks

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The amount of selfie-related deaths worldwide continue to increase

U.S. teenager loses leg in shark attack

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:16 AM

Paige Winter, 17, encounters the shark around noon while she was spending the day at the Fort Macon beach in North Carolina

Reality TV: Camera-toting sharks hunt seals in kelp forests

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The thrilling, shark's-eye views show the massive carnivores maneuvering effortlessly through thick kelp fronds suspended in the water like giant bean stalks

Great White Shark. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

Many sharks closer to extinction than feared – Red List

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 AM

Seventeen of 58 species evaluated are classified as facing extinction, says the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation

Surfer seriously injured in Australia shark attack

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Images taken shortly after appear to show a chunk bitten out of the tail of the man's surfboard

Swimmer killed by stingray, 2 mauled by sharks in Australia

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:24 PM

There have been 13 'unprovoked' shark attacks off the vast continent's coast this year

Stock photo of tiger sharks from Shutterstock

Nudist beach surfer punches shark to escape attack

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:00 AM

'As soon as I did that he latched onto my arm and all I could do was punch it until it let go,' says Australian surfer Paul Kenny

BITTEN. Surfer Paul Kenny was bitten by a shark. Screengrab from ABC Local

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia kills 4 sharks after tourist attacks

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:05 PM

A woman and a 12-year-old girl are still in the hospital after being mauled at the Whitsunday Islands, a popular tourist spot in Australia

20 Vietnamese fishermen nabbed for poaching in Palawan

May 22, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Manta rays and black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks are found inside the fishing vessel caught off Mangsee Island in Balabac town. Authorities also discover dried shark fins inside hidden storages.

POACHERS. Dead sharks and manta rays are piled in a Malaysian-registered vessel with a crew of Vietnamese fishermen. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

At least 8,000 great white sharks off Australia coast: researchers

Feb 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Using groundbreaking genetic and statistical analysis of juvenile sharks, scientists from Australia and New Zealand produce a total population estimate in Australian waters of at least 8,000, including about 2,210 adults

DANGER. An undated file photograph of a Great White Shark swimming off Gansbaai, about 180 kms from Cape Town. Photo by Theo Ferreira/AFP

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

Environmentalist: There's no reason to fear Great White Shark sighting in Aurora

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Shark attacks are extremely rare

WATCH: Interview with SF9, Kpop boyband

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Kpop boyband SF9 takes on the Baby Shark challenge and more!

That's so 2017: 7 trends we can't wait to leave behind this year

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Letting go is hard, but sometimes holding on is harder

Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:53 PM

These massive creatures with a Latin name Rhincodon typus come close to shore, to the delight of tourists who converge on the area in boats carrying 10 people

BOATMEN. A file photo of the coastal village of Yelapa Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco is Mexico. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

RAPPLER EXCLUSIVE: WATCH Ateneo Blue Eagles dance 'Baby Shark'

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Vince Tolentino, Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go do the #BabySharkChallenge

BABY SHARK. The Ateneo Blue Eagles ride with the #BabySharkChallenge viral video.

Pinkfong and Baby Shark are coming to Manila!

Dec 08, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The creators of the catchy tune and dance craze is coming to Manila for a concert tour!

'Baby Shark' leads YouTube PH's top trending videos in 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Revisit some of your favorite videos of the year here!

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

VIRAL: 3 Marines dance to nursery rhyme 'Baby Shark'

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:53 PM

The video has over 130,000 views, almost 6,000 reactions, and 4,000 shares

Social Good Summit Jakarta 2017: Bicara dunia di #2030

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Ayo, ikutan bahas tema ‘Planet, People, Prosperity: Marine Biodiversity Conservation for Lasting Prosperity for the People’

Dead whale shark spotted in Cavite waters

Sep 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

The dead whale shark is found in the vicinity of Tanza Bay in Cavite province on Saturday September 9

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: How sharks are killed at Pasay market

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Of the country s approximately 200 shark and ray species only two are protected by Philippine laws

CRUEL KILLING. Video shows the cruel killing of a grey carpetshark at a live market in Pasay, Manila

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

10 Vietnamese poachers arrested off Palawan

Aug 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Dead sharks are found when the Philippine Navy boarded a foreign fishing vessel sailing off Palawan

POACHERS. The Philippine Navy boards a foreign fishing vessel spotted off the coast of Palawan. Photo by PAO WESCOM

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

Michael Phelps loses race against great white shark, sort of

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The filmmakers use special effects to make it look as though Michael Phelps is racing alongside the great white shark

PHELPS VS SHARK. Michael Phelps will race a great white shark in a Discovery Channel 'Shark Week' challenge. Photo of Phelps from AFP

Michael Phelps to race against a great white in 'Shark Week' challenge

Jun 18, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Humans have been no match for the 23 time Olympic gold medalist So now he s taking on a great white shark

PHELPS VS SHARK. Michael Phelps will race a great white shark in a Discovery Channel 'Shark Week' challenge. Photo of Phelps from AFP

Swimming with whale sharks? Don't copy these snorkelers!

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:05 AM

A viral video reminds us why it s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants

CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark.

Family see shark kill teenage daughter off Australia

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A 17 year old girl has died after being mauled by a shark in full view of her parents on Australia s southwest coast authorities say

SEC suspends 20 more lending firms

Apr 07, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The SEC previously suspended 84 lending companies for failing to obtain certificates of authority

Parasites, changing temperature cause dolphin deaths in Bicol

Mar 11, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Parasites or their eggs may be carried through human or animal feces dumped in the sea that fish and even the marine mammals may feed on says Dr Evelyn Saberon of BFAR

SPINNER DOLPHIN. Dr Evelyn Saberon inspects the dolphin carcass found in coast of Libon, Albay for necropsy at the Regional Fisheries Health Management and Diagnostics Laboratory at Fabrica, Bula, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of BFAR.

#PugadBaboy: Fish names

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Over 200 ‘5-6’ lenders applying for registration – SEC

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:25 PM

SEC chair Teresita Herbosa gives Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III an update on the SEC s investigation into 5 6 lenders in the country

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 11, 2017

Jan 11, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

US President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

'5-6' lenders will be arrested without warrant – DOJ

Jan 11, 2017 - 9:26 AM

The Justice Secretary cites violation of business requirements and tax fraud committed by lenders – a number of whom are Indians – as basis for the unwarranted arrest

ARREST WITHOUT WARRANT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre threatens Indian 5-6 lenders that they will be arrested even without a court-issued warrant. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Zubiri bill wants to ban trade in sharks, rays

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:56 AM

The proposed Sharks and Rays Conservation Act seeks to impose penalties of up to 12 years imprisonment or a fine of up to P1 million or both to violators of the ban including those who inflict injury on sharks and rays

ENDANGERED. Concerned tourism stakeholders of Panglao, Bohol share a photo of a dead thresher shark, an endangered species, at a public market in Tagbilaran. Photo by Holger Horn

Mighty Sports PH suffers heartbreaking loss to Shanghai Sharks in Merlion Cup final

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:12 PM

The pro team representing the Philippines is dealt a blow reminiscent of what Gilas Pilipinas guard Paul Lee did to China two years ago in the FIBA Asia Cup

HEARTBREAKER. Kiefer Ravena and Mighty Sports Philippines suffer a heartbreaking defeat to the Shanghai Sharks in the Merlion Cup final. File Photo from Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Coast Guard seizes P5-M shipment of shark parts, butanding tails

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard confiscates the illegal cargo in Zamboanga City

10 things more likely to kill you than a shark

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:32 PM

Coconuts hot dogs and jellyfish oh my Here are a few things that kill more people a year than sharks

Orange jellyfish (Chrysaora fuscescens). Some types of jellyfish kill a number of humans yearly via deadly stings. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia