UNCW Marine Biology

Martin Benavides

One shark expert recently described these sea creatures as the most poorly-understood mega-fauna, not just because of popular culture with the movie Jaws in its canon (never mind Shark Week), but because the travel patterns of sharks cover great distances.

On this edition of CoastLine, we, yes, de-bunk some of those pop culture myths – but more importantly, we learn about what kind of shark research is taking place in and around the waters of North Carolina. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The North Carolina Fisheries Reform Act will be 20 years old this AugustAs we learned last week, that policy came to be after extended and heated debate from stakeholders on all sides of the issue.  Most of those involved at the time describe it as better than nothing – but most definitely a compromise.

Scientists Call For Halt to Oil & Gas Exploration Program

Apr 7, 2015
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Seismic testing gauges oil and gas deposits by shooting loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean. President Barack Obama approved the guidelines for its usage last year. But a group of scientists is calling upon the President to rethink that decision. 

William McLellan of UNCW’s Marine Biology Department is one of seventy-five scientists who wrote to President Obama in opposition to the planned oil and gas exploration program off the Atlantic coast. They are concerned about impacts to marine wildlife.  

Shark Bites: It's a Case of Mistaken Identity

Aug 7, 2014
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A great white shark named Katharine has been visiting the Wilmington region for the past week. WHQR dives into the behaviors and risks of sharks in the area. 

The chance of a shark biting a human is one in twelve million, and only two percent of those bites are fatal. This is according to Dr. Lankford, an Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW. He prefers the term “shark bite” to “shark attack,” as most sharks retreat after mistaking a human for prey:  

Staff

On Tusday, May 6th I talked with Diane Talley, who founded UNCW’s MarineQuest thirty years ago.  It’s going strong, with summer programs starting June 14.  Early registration is encouraged at uncw.edu/MarineQuest.

Federal Budget Cuts To End UNCW Aquarius Operation

Jul 10, 2012
Photo courtesy NOAA and UNC Wilmington

Federal budget cuts will soon terminate UNC Wilmington’s involvement in the world’s only undersea research laboratory.