Editor’s note: Shark Week 2017 kicks off in a couple of days, featuring everything from an Olympian racing a great white to our very own scientist’s exploration of “alien” species. Before you dive in, take a look at six of Human Nature’s most popular shark stories — and scroll down to the end to see our Shark Week Photo Gallery.
Did you know? Sharks help move carbon through the ocean — and they just might be the key to helping scientists cure certain diseases.
Conservation International scientists made headlines in 2015 when they launched a ground-breaking whale shark satellite tagging program in Indonesia. Check back here next week for fresh updates.
A team of 18 scientists made a 36-hour boat journey from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, to one of the world’s best dive sites: Cocos Island National Park. Here’s what they learned.
Walking sharks are only active at night, when they emerge from hiding places to “walk” about the reef in search of food. Here, a pioneer in the study of walking sharks describes key findings about the species.
Step aside great whites and hammerheads: There’s a slew of little-known shark species that deserve more attention, such as the goblin and megamouth sharks.
Cookie-cutter sharks bite whales, tuna, other sharks — even humans — and leave behind neat, circular wounds that give them their name. Scientists have a nickname for them: “demon whale biters.”
Shark Week Photo Gallery
Sophie Bertazzo is a senior editor at CI.