Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video: Rare Look at a Ghost Shark by an ROV

We don't often get a chance to see a ghost shark swimming around in its natural habitat.  Typically, we end up seeing them on the deck of a ship after they have been scooped up by fishing vessels. So it is a real treat to see one this close and with such clarity thanks to the superb lighting and camera on the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).

The ghost shark, formally known as 'chimaera,' is a slow moving deep water fish whose closest relatives are from the shark, ray, and skate family.

The unique looking fish was spotted by the team with E/V Nautilus who are currently exploring the Kick 'em Jenny submarine volcano near Grenada, Fortunately for all of us, they shared the brief encounter on Youtube.

The EVNautilus video is just over a minute and a half in length.
Photos are video screenshots.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photo: Massive Tiger Shark Caught & Released by DNR Off Hilton Head, South Carolina

On October 24, 2014, a message board poster Outcast posted the following below photo of a tiger shark that was caught off the coast of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

According to Outcast, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources hooked the shark on one of their longlines which they use to catch, tag, measure and take blood samples from sharks. This 'girthy' female measured in at 13 feet, 6 inches.

There is some speculation that the shark may actually be world-record size based on weight.  In 1964, Walter Maxwell landed a 13 foot, 10.5 inch tiger shark off the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That shark weighed in at 1,780 pounds.

Walter's catch held the weight record until 2004 when an angler caught a tiger shark off the coast of Ulladulla, Australia that weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces heavier.

We should note that there is a growing conservation push for the International Game Fish Association to stop using weight as the benchmark for world records and instead use length measurements. This would allow mature fish to be released so they could reproduce thus increasing the numbers of threatened species.

Did this Hilton Head tiger shark break the world record?  Fortunately, we'll never know for sure.

The photo was posted on the SharksOnTheSand message board.
Massive tiger shark caught by DNR off Hilton Head, SC
Tiger shark off Hilton Head - Photo posted by Outcast



Video: Tiger Shark Bites GoPro Camera

Tiger shark bites GoPro camera
These days you just never know where the next GoPro video is going to take you.  Jumping off a building, jumping through fire or in this case, entering deep inside a tiger shark's mouth.

This video was taken by a diver during his first dive at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas and he ended up biting off a bit more than he expected.

Tiger sharks are the featured residents at this dive spot and divers come from all over in order to have close interactions with the apex predators. In this case,  a diver got more than normally expected when a shark took a test bite of his GoPro Hero 3.  The tiger quickly determined that it was not something it wanted to eat and released the camera.

The video was posted by lasongo and is a short 47 seconds in lenght.  The bite is replayed in slow motion.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Human Bites Occur Ten Times More Often in New York City Than Shark Bites Worldwide


Crazy little fact: You are at least 10 times likely to be bitten by a fellow human while in New York City than you are being bitten by a shark anywhere in the world.

Sources: 
(Primary) International Shark Attack File
New York Times
NYC Dept of Health

h/t Stephen Craig for the headsup on this stat. 

Video: Hooked Spinner Shark Erupts From Water Landing 10 Feet from Angler

Spinner shark flies through the air within 10 feet of angler
Not only are spinner sharks very effective at catching fish but they appear to be able to use their spinning ability to free themselves from a fisherman's line.

This video was taken in August 2014 but the angler just reposted it and included slow motion footage of the shark breaking free.

Moments after the shark is hooked, it erupts from the water and we see in an airborne spin headed directly towards the angler.  The shark lands with a splash and we then see the angler checking his slack line.  It would appear that the shark had broken free.

Here are some shortcuts as the editing/music are a bit much (make sure to watch the slo-mo portion):
- 0:39: we see the shark in normal speed.
- 1:05: same action in slow motion. 

The video was posted by Digginrings and is just under 2 minutes in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Video: Large Shark Swims by Small Skiff

Large great white shark swims under small skiff
There's not much to this video other than you get to see a large shark swim by a small skiff.  And what the heck, sometimes that's all you need in a shark video.

There were no details provided about the video but it appears to have been taken in a bay-like area and the shark appears to be a great white about the same length as the guy's skiff.

The video was posted by Kegan Berner and is 30 seconds in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

High Octane Video Showing Sharks Pursuing Mullet Migration in Florida

tarpon, jacks, snook, sharks in pursuit of mullet during migration in Florida.  Swimmers stand in middle of feeding frenzy.

The crew at BacktipH Fishing have released an amazing video showing footage of the annual mullet migration in Florida.

The film was all taken during the first week of the migration and shows many of the predator fish (tarpon, jacks, snook, sharks, etc) in hot pursuit of the easy meal.

The migration occurs every year off the east coast of Florida and the massive schools of mullet act as a dinner bell for larger fish.  As they note in the video description, the tarpons are exploding out of the water as they attempt to grab the mullet dancing on the water's surface.  In turn, bull sharks are locked in on the mullet as well as the tarpon and we end up with an insane feeding frenzy.

The video was posted by BlacktipH on October 8th and features over 2 minutes of crazy action.

PS.  To the people swimming in the water: when you find yourselves in the middle of a bait ball, exit the water immediately.  Otherwise, you stand a good chance of getting accidentally bit by a toothy predator during the chaos.
Photos are video screenshots.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Video: Large Female Great White Shows Up During Cage Dive

Here's a great white cage dive video from Gansbaai, South Africa. It was shot on 3 October 2014 during an expedition with Marine Dynamics.

Christian Wode posted the video and stated that they encountered 11 sharks during the trip but one female shark stood out from the others.  At the 1:05 mark, you get a nice look at the very large female as she begins forcefully tugging on the bait line and whacking the cage with her tail.

The encounter with the large shark was clearly a thrill for the cage observes as can be seen in the comical selfie at the 1:32 mark.
Photo is a screenshot.

Video: Snorkeling with Basking Sharks in Scotland

We frequently come across videos showing people snorkeling with whale sharks from locations all over the world. It is always a joy to watch the gentle giants as they majestically move through the water appearing oblivious to the onlookers who film with excitement.

Fortunately, the other gentle giant from the shark world, the basking shark, will occasionally pop up on our radar as is this case today. This video was taken in the waters of the west coast of Scotland and features snorkelers enjoying the day while out with baskingsharkscotland.com.

The video was posted by DeeDee and is about two and a half minutes.
Photo is a video screenshot

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Video: Whale Shark at Koh Tao, Thailand


Check out the amazing visibility in these two short videos from Koh Tao, Thailand. The divers encountered a whale shark at Chumphon Pinnacle and they were able to capture some stunning images of the massive shark at it swims about the divers in crystal clear waters.

The two short videos were posted by Einar Barzilay and he notes that it was his first whale shark sighting in 56 dives.  Enjoy!