News Digest - April Our selection of top shark stories, highlighting the latest news and discoveries from around the world... Dead shark in Cornwall had meningitis in 'world's first' case 8th April In an update to our story from March's New Digest a rare Greenland shark found washed up on a Cornish beach died of meningitis, a post mortem has found. The female found just outside Newlyn Harbour in Cornwall in March is thought to be 100 years old by marine biologists. The Second-Largest Fish In the Ocean Seems to be In Decline 12th April Basking sharks can be over 30 feet long and are characterized by their enormous gill rakers and three-foot tall dorsal fins. But these mysterious, massive, filter-feeding cousins of the great white shark aren’t just a scientific curiosity – they also seem to be vanishing from California and the rest of the Eastern North Pacific. Costa Rica’s Coco Island National Park Declared Natural Shark Sanctuary 25th April The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, and the Minister of Environment and Energy, Rolando Castro Cordoba, signed this Friday, April 22nd, an Executive Decree that aims to protect and conserve the shark sanctuary in Cocos Island and its connection with the Sweet Gulf (Golfo Dulce) Hammerhead Shark Sanctuary. Costa Rican Environmentalists Asks for Endangered Shark Protection 27th April A marine conservation group calls for defense of hammerhead, silky and thresher shark species in Costa Rica. This decree would guarantee their protection by categorizing them as wildlife and not commercial species.