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Katie Velasquez

Hawaii 96753-7567

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Visits to Maui: resident

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About me:
Marine educator, naturalist, lecturer, writer and amateur photographer working in Hawaii.

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Apr. 27, 2009

Hawaii's Blue Sharks ~ Facing Extinction

Blue sharks are found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters.  In Hawaii these beautiful sharks can also be seen in near-shore waters as well.  The largest blue shark on record, according to researchers, was 12.6 feet, but they are rumored to reach up to 20 feet.  This length has yet to be documented.  Researchers believe male sharks mature first around 4 to 5 years old and about 9 feet in length.  Females age about 5 to 6 years and 7 to 10.5 feet long.  Most researchers believe these animals can live for about 20 years, provided they don't get fished out. Most shark species are slow to mature, and have few offspring.  Researchers do not know how many out of each litter survive, but odds are definitely against survival, in any form. Fishing globally is taking our shark populations down at a rapid rate, even in Hawaii.  According... Mark as Offensive
Apr. 21, 2009 Spinner or Bottlenose ~ How do you tell?
Apr. 13, 2009 Male Humpbacks Time Running Out

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