Friday, August 1, 2014

Video: Hammerhead Shark Approaches Swimmers in Florida and Creates Panic with Onlookers

Hammerhead nears swimmers in Florida
It appears to be rather common this time of year to see hammerhead sharks approaching close to shore at gulf coast beaches while in search of food.  Of course when they do near shore, there is a good probability that there will be swimmers nearby.

This hammerhead was spotted from the Naverre fishing pier (east of Pensacola, Florida) and it created quite a panic with onlookers as the shark approached some swimmers.  Contrary to the onlookers, the swimmers didn't seem nearly as concerned. As for Mr. Shark, it appeared not to be at all interested in the activities of the swimmers.

We should note that according to the ISAF, hammerheads have been linked to only 17 worldwide unprovoked attacks since 1580 and there have been zero fatalities.

According to various accounts, the shark was somewhere between 6 to 10 feet, depending on who you listen to.  The three part video was posted by Outdoors360 on Youtube.
Photo is screenshot. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Video: Diver Removes Fishing Hook from Silky Shark

Divers remove fishing hook from silky shark.
It's always nice to share a feel-good shark story and this one comes to us from Jupiter, Florida.

On Saturday July 26, 2014 the shark addicts went out diving with Emerald Charters, and Randy Jordan.  The encountered a silky shark with a large fishing hook stuck in its mouth and they decided to take action.

Randy put the shark into tonic immobility and fellow dive Cameron Nimmo went to work removing the fishing hook from the shark's mouth. Everything went as planned and neither the shark nor the divers were harmed. According to the video description, the divers plan on continuing their rescue efforts in the future when they encounter other sharks in similar predicaments. And for that, we say thank you!  The video was taken by Mickey Smith.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Video: Great White Spotted Off Cape Cod

Sure it is somewhat common to hear about great whites of the New England coast at this time of year but we don't often get to see one recorded.

This beauty was spotted by a family out boating off Nauset Inlet on July 19, 2014. Even though the clarity is not the best and the videographer neglected to turn his phone camera sideways to capture the passing in full screen, you have to love everyone's reaction at seeing this large shark pass right next to their boat. Good stuff.

The video was posted on Youtube by Stephen Brodeur and it is a short 20 seconds in length.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Video: Anglers Post Video of What They Claim Is a Bull Shark in Lake Ontario

Anglers claim that this is a bull shark in Lake Ontario.
Is there a bull shark lurking in Lake Ontario? According to some anglers the answer is yes and they have posted a video which they believe proves it.

The anglers, who were fishing off Wolfe island in Kingston, Ontario in Canada, were reeling in a fish when an unknown, much larger fish, briefly surfaced and snatched away their catch.

The video starts at normal speed and then is subsequently replayed at slower speeds incorporating various zoom levels to best show the culprit fish.

Zoomed in view of possible Lake Ontario bull shark.
Although the fish appears to have a nice set of teeth and a prominent triangular dorsal fin, the video is just too distorted to make a conclusion.  But nonetheless, the video is garnering quite a bit of interest and now has over 160,000 views as word spreads about a possible shark in Lake Ontario.

With such a large number of video views, there are wide ranging comments with people weighing in on what they think it is.  And although some of the comments are far off base (dolphin or perch), the majority believe it is either a bull shark or some type of catfish.

So is it a bull shark or is it just a large freshwater fish?  Or maybe, it wasn't even filmed in the location that is claimed.  We have no answers at this time.  But for an official response, we'll defer to a spokesperson with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources who stated in a National Post interview that “without good solid physical evidence we can’t confirm what it is.” So there you have it, the mystery looms.  What do you think it is?

[UPDATE 07/17: This was a hoax video created to build hype for the Discovery channel’s upcoming Shark Week programming.]

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Video: Mako Shark Filmed Flying Underwater at 50MPH

Mako shark at top speed.
You gotta love this video which shows a mako shark at top speed which is reportedly near 50MPH (80Km/h).  So sit back, hold on, and enjoy this 23 second thrill ride. Video posted by Internet Discoveries on YT.