Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Video: Teaser for the Documentary Oceanminded Featuring Hanli Prinsloo

Hanli Prinsloo freedives with great white shark in documentary Oceanminded
Teaser for the documentary Oceanminded which features Hanli Prinsloo and her friends on a freediving adventure along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique.

As can be seen in this screenshot, Hanli, who is an 11 times South African freediving record holder, feels comfortable freediving with all types of sharks including great whites.

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Photo is a screenshot

Video: Watch a Drawing Unfold of a Scuba Diver Selfie with Great White in the Background

Thank you to Liam Hudson for sending us this video of him drawing a scuba diver selfie with a great white shark lurking in the background.

Very cool to watch the drawing come alive. The video is 5 minutes in length - Enjoy!!

You can check out Liam on his Youtube Channel.

Digital Host Alex Farnham Dives With Tiger Shark To Overcome His Fear

Alexander Dane Farnham dives with a tiger shark in Hawaii to overcome his fearAlexander Dane Farnham is the host of a Discovery Network digital program entitled Animalist News, which airs on and on the website Revision 3.  In a recent episode, Alex tackled a lifelong fear and went diving with the one type of shark he feared most, the tiger shark.

In the video intro, he states that he was absolutely terrified of tiger sharks and viewed them as the meanest of the mean. But with a strong desire to overcome his fear, Alex descended into the Hawaiian waters with a group of experienced shark divers and met his toothy fear head on all without the safety of a shark cage.

Alexander Dane Farnham dives with a tiger shark in Hawaii to overcome his fear
When the shark first appears, Alex is clearly apprehensive and he states that he "has never breathed like this in my life."  But after he observes the shark for a period of time, he realizes that it is very mellow and Alex comments that it sort of reminds him of a massive curious cat in the water.

Alex didn't see the "meanest shark out there" as he expected but instead, he saw a "majestic animal" and notes that the entire experience left him with a tremendous respect for the tiger shark.

Kudos Alex on overcoming your fear and thank you for sharing your experience with the 'majestic' tiger shark.

Animalist News features new episodes every Monday through Saturday with the aim of showing viewers the awesome, bizarre, adorable, and everything else that goes on in the animal kingdom.
Photos are video screenshots.

Video: Very Close Call While Hand Feeding Shark in Australia

In this July 2011 'look-back' video, we see a guy have a very close call 
while hand feeding a shark  from the Australian shoreline.

Guy hand feed shark from shoreline at Norfolk Island AustraliaThere's a reason that when you go to a national park you are inundated with signs that say don't feed the animals. It doesn't take a lot of forethought to imagine what would happen if a grizzly bear became accustomed to being fed by humans.  The association may very well prove to be harmful for someone down the road.

The same argument can be made for feeding sharks. Not only are you putting yourself in immediate danger as is the case in this video, but you are getting the shark used to associating humans with a free feed.

In this video from Norfolk Island in Australia, we see a guy on a rocky shoreline hand feeding some fish scraps to several sharks. At the 51 second mark, we see a shark in a tug-a-war with the guy and eventually the shark rips the fish scrap from his hands.

Guy has close call while hand feeding shark at Norfolk Island AustraliaThings get more interesting at the 1:20 mark when a shark, that looks to be about 2 meters/6 feet in length, surprises the guy when it erupts out of the water and nearly gets a piece of his hand.  (The close call is then replayed in zoom and slow motion.)

Although the guy had a good laugh at the close call and he got to experience sharks in a unique manner, those sharks may be inclined to investigate humans a bit closer the next time their patch cross.. For that reason alone, it's just best not to feed sharks...especially from the shoreline where most swimmers are found.

This look-back video was posted in July 2011 by Committed1000.
Photos are screenshots.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stunning Video of Two Great Whites Colliding During Cage Dive

Great white shark attacks a second great white.  Shark VS shark
In a shocking capture on video, two great whites violently collide when they apparently both launch at a bait line at the same time. Unfortunately one of the great whites was much smaller than the other and ends up soundly in the larger jaws of the other great white shark.

Adam Malski caputred this amazing footage while on a dive trip 50 miles offshore from Australia. The larger shark, who is named Gilbert, is 4.8 meters in length and has been sighted since the collision.  The smaller shark has not been seen since.

In the video narration, it is suggested that the encounter may have actually been a deliberate attack by the larger shark. And although that might be true, from out viewpoint it looks more like an accidental collision as they both appeared to be going for the bait line.

What do you think, deliberate attack or accidental collision?  Weigh in below or on our Facebook page.

The short 2 minute video was posted by BarcroftTV.
Photo is a video screenshot.

809 Pound World Record Mako Shark Killed with Bow and Arrow

Jeff Thomason photo of world record mako shark caught with bow and arrow off California
Jeff Thomason poses with his world record shark - photo by MySanAntonioNews
A new world record for mako shark bow fishing was obtained last month when Texas angler and T.V. host Jeff Thomason shot and then landed a 809 pound mako shark using a compound bow and arrow according to My San Antonio News.

The record shark was caught off the coast of Huntington Beach, California on August 12, 2014.

Jeff Thomason photo of world record mako shark caught with bow and arrow off California
Jeff Thomason takes aim at shark - photo by MySanAntonioNews
Mr. Thomason, who hosts the cable television show "Predator Pursuit," on the Sportsman Channel, told Lone Star Outdoor News that, "they’ve got to be about three feet from the boat to get the arrow to stick, so we threw a fish on a line and teased him to the boat,” Thomason stated. “I try and shoot for the top of the back. As soon as the arrow hit, all hell broke loose. We freaked out because I spined him and we thought he might sink."

It took five people nearly 30 minutes to haul in the 11 foot shark. And according to The Inquisitr, Thomason donated 400 pounds of the shark meat to a Los Angeles homeless shelter.
Photos from MySanAntonioNews - check link for more photos.

Video: A Great White Sharks and a Rabbit - Best Friends in the Making?

Here's a new take on an old adage about strange bedfellows, a cute little bunny and a great white shark become the best of friends. Ok ok, so the great white happens to be a beer koozie...but why let that detract from a good headline.

This video was sent to us by our friends at SailRockDailyNews. You may recognize the name as we have shared several of their whale shark videos in the past. They truly have some of the best whale shark diving in the world and they always no how to document the encounters with some stunning video.  So when it came to this odd video, there was no way we could not share it. I mean c'mon, a bunny and a great white...there is no better match on earth.

FWIW, you can grab your own shark koozie at Amazon for $9 (

Friday, September 26, 2014

Video: Aerial Footage of a Basking Shark Off the Coast of Ireland

Aerial video of a basking shark off Cork Harbour Irleand
We always enjoy seeing video of one of our favorite sharks, the basking shark.  But when you through in some aerial footage, then we get very excited.

This cool video was taken in the early part of this summer at Cork Harbour, Ireland.  As the video description states, when you spot one of the gentle giants in the water, everything gets put on hold and you just shut down and enjoy spending time with these wonderful creatures.

The video was posted by Andrew O Riordan and it is just under two minutes. Enjoy.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dead Shark Found on Shore of Ohio River Has Been Identified

In a press release issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, they have identified the species of shark that was found in the Ohio River earlier this month as being an Atlantic Sharpnose shark. 

Atlantaic Sharpnose shark found in the Ohio River by John Bays at Manchester, OH
Shark found in the Ohio River at Manchester, OH. Early
speculation was that it was a bull shark was incorrect.  Now identified
as being an Atlantic Sharpnose. - pic credit: Ledger Independent
The decaying remains of a shark found by a fisherman on the bank of the Ohio River near Manchester have been identified according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Pete Mohan, the Director of Animal Operations at the Akron Zoo and the former Curator of the Fishes of SeaWorld Ohio, identified the remains as an adult male Atlantic Sharpnose shark, Rhizoprionodon terraenovae. Mohan went on to say “The shark is NOT able to live in freshwater; therefore there is NO chance this was a migrant up the Mississippi.” He added that “It’s a very small species and is something likely caught while bay or shore-fishing in Florida or elsewhere in the southeast US, someone likely discarded it in the Ohio River.”

Atlantic sharpnose sharks get their name from a characteristically long snout, which is longer than the width of the mouth. The shark is commonly found from New Brunswick, Canada, through the Gulf of Mexico as well as along the coast of Brazil. Considered a small species of shark the maximum length of the Atlantic sharpnose shark is 43.3 inches (110 cm). This species feeds primarily on small bony fish, worms, shrimp, crabs, and mollusks.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at

Video: Caterpillar and OCEARCH Are Working Together to Help Sustain Oceans

OCEARCH releases great white sharkPR 09/23/2014 - This video highlights the exciting and sustainable efforts of OCEARCH and its global research on sharks. OCEARCH has led 16 expeditions to safely research the breeding, feeding, migration and birthing patterns of these ocean creatures.

"Earlier this year, Caterpillar and OCEARCH agreed to a multi-year partnership to help propel the OCEARCH organization's global research on sharks. "Most people think sharks are invincible," said OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer. "But they are in real danger." We must find a sustainable path forward because sharks play a crucial role in maintaining balance in the delicate oceanic ecosystem.

Now, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Caterpillar, we can continue our critical research expeditions that generate the data needed to inform policy makers, students and the general public on this issue."