Monday, September 1, 2014

Video: Drone Video Shows Sharks in the Florida Surf Shortly After a 13-Year-Old Girl Was Bitten

Drone captures images of sharks feeding near surfers in Florida
A 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark while bodysurfing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The incident occurred on Sunday, 31 August 2014, at around 4:40pm.

Apparently the young girl was in waist deep water when she suffered a shark bite on her calf.  Both Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue and paramedics treated the girl at the scene.  She was taken to the hospital and received seven stitches.

According to CNN, the below drone video was taken not long after the shark bite incident.  They note that it appears to "show shadows in the water around surfers and swimmers."  After watching the video ourselves, we believe the shadows are indeed sharks, most likely searching out smaller fish.

According to TCPalm, statistics show that August and September are prime months for shark bites off the Florida coast. This is due to massive schools of bait fish moving through the area which in turn brings about increase number of sharks looking for an easy meal.  As noted in Florida Today, "the warm weather also means there's more of us in the water for sharks to mistake as prey."  This would explain why the majority of  bites involve a single bite and release.

View past drone videos here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

SharkStopper Stops Shark Attacks Without Harming Sharks

SharkStopper® uses the latest acoustic signaling and sound technology to create a virtual wall of sound protection that sharks will not penetrate in the open-water. The SharkStopper can also help in the protection of sharks by targeting them with a harmless and humane signal.

Long Island, New York - August 20, 2014 “It’s safe to swim in the ocean once again,” says SharkStopper President and Founder Brian Wynne proudly. “Simply attach the device anywhere below your knee and sharks will avoid you”. “The reason you attach the device below the knee is because sharks have been known to attack in as little as two feet of water, especially Bull sharks”, added Brian.

SharkStopper is the culmination of years of research, design changes and the testing of different frequencies on multiple species of sharks around the world. To prove its effectiveness, Brian enlisted the services of shark expert and Marine Biologist Dr. Shawn Larson who successfully tested SharkStopper at the Seattle Aquarium against Spiny Dogfish sharks. Brian didn’t stop there. SharkStopper was also successfully tested using additional frequency algorithms against Great White sharks in the Isla De Guadalupe, Mexico under the supervision of renowned shark expert and handler Patrick Douglas and his team from Shark Diver, as well as renowned great white shark expert Ralph Collier of the Shark Research Committee.

Additionally, the SharkStopper team traveled to Haleiwa Hawaii and worked with local shark expert James Hall who successfully tested various acoustic frequencies against the Tiger and Galapagos sharks.

SharkStopper works by emulating the sounds of Killer Whales in conjunction with SharkStopper’s patented frequency overlay. SharkStopper’s frequency, combined with sharks natural fear of killer whales is what keeps the sharks away. In addition to the sharks mentioned above, SharkStopper proved effective on Caribbean Reef, Lemon, Sand, Nurse, Thresher, Black Tip, Hammerhead, Bull and the Great White.

SharkStopper KickStarter campaign has started.
The SharkStopper device is a durable, lightweight device about the size of a smartphone and powered by a rechargeable battery that easily straps to a person’s ankle. SharkStopper activates automatically once its sensors are immersed in water. “We’re in our final development phase before going into production,” said Brian. “But first we will be launching a Crowdfunding campaign on KickStarter. The Crowdfunding campaign will provide the funds necessary to bring a shark repellent that truly works to market”.

SharkStopper’s Brian Wynne is a lifelong open water enthusiast who enjoys water skiing, swimming and snorkeling with his wife and two daughters. His love of the ocean led him to create a product that helps provide protection and peace of mind for those like him who want to enjoy the open waters safely.

Just as important as protecting people from sharks, Brian developed SharkStopper to protect sharks from people. It is estimated that as many as 100 million sharks are killed every year out of fear, sport, and cuisine; certain species of the shark population have been reduced by upwards of 90% over the last 50 years.

About SharkStopper

Brian Wynne is the President and Founder of SharkStopper LLC. His SharkStopper Personal Shark Repellant (PSR) has been granted four patents and the name “SharkStopper®” was also granted a registered trademark. # # #
Contact Brian Wynne -
631-830-7934 or 631-707-7228

Friday, August 29, 2014

Surfer Bitten in Hand at Figure Eight Island, NC

Surfer bitten by shark off Figure Eight Island, NC
A 29-year-old surfer, Hunter Anderson, was bitten on his left hand on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 while surfing off Figure Eight Island, NC.

Anderson's stepfather, Bruce Wise, posted on his Facebook page that the unknown species of shark was about 6 feet in length. Anderson received medical treatment which included stitches.

According to Wise, Anderson has lived near the coast his entire life and is an accomplished surfer but this was a first.

Wise posted yesterday that Anderson is already back at work and is  "doing pretty good considering."

This is the second shark bite in this general area this week.

Hurricane Cristobal made an offshore pass of the Carolinas this week which created rough surf conditions and reduced visibility.  The poor visibility may very well have been a contributing factor as sharks use their mouth to test if something is a normal food source. A good rule of thumb is to use extra caution when entering the water during such conditions.

Photo and details from Bruce Wise FB page.  Photo was taken by Anderson's surf mate Austin Ray.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Video: Great White Full Breach at Sunset in Slow Motion

Great white full breach in slow motion
There's not much to say here other than sometimes you just want to see a great white doing a full breach in slow motion.  Oh, and to top it off, let's toss in some sunset lighting.  Ahhh, absolute perfection.

This 42 second video was posted by Aquavision TV Productions.  They note that it was filmed at a 1000 frames per second speed and was taken off the South African coast.  And in case you weren't sure, yes, it is a seal decoy.  Enjoy...I know I sure did!

Five New Shark Species and Manta Rays to Be Protected by International Agreement

Effective September 14, 2014, five new shark species and all manta rays will be protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international agreement among 180 countries.

The five new species of protected sharks will be the oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead and smooth hammerhead shark. These five sharks will be joining the basking, whale and great white which were added to the list nearly ten years ago.

In the release, CITIES notes that although the listed species are not necessarily threatened with extinction, the species will be protected by strict international trade controls adding that any trade must avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.

While commercially-exploited aquatic species have been included over the years, these recent listings set new challenges and opportunities for membership governments to ensure that trade is legal, sustainable, and traceable, even for highly traded fisheries commodities.

For more information, read the CITIES release here.