Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Video: Crazy Angler Jumps in Water to Land Shark

Swimmer bear hugs shark in Jupiter Florida.  Fisherman hooks black tip shark from rocks.
Swimmer in the water attempting to wrangle shark (circled) hooked on fisherman's line - Jupiter Florida
I guess it was only a matter of time, we have been seeing quite a few viral videos of people swimming with sharks and then latching on to them in order to take a ride.  Now it looks like some anglers want to get in on the hands-on action as well.

Swimmer bear hugs shark in Jupiter Florida.  Angler catches sharks from rocks but can't land it.
Angler grabs shark - Jupiter, Florida
This crazy video is from Jupiter, FL and shows a fisherman in chest deep water attempting to wrangle a hooked shark.  The angler is up on the rocks and does not appear to be able to land the shark so a buddy takes matters into his own hands.  The shark looks to be a blacktip shark and may be around four feet in length.

To get to the shark, the swimmer grabs the line and works his way down to the hooked end. Once there, he is able to control the shark to some degree and then at the 27 second mark we see him grab it.

We then see him pull the shark out of the water in a bear hug and he begins carrying it towards shore while receiving some applause from apparent onlookers.  At this point, we don't really see the shark moving so its condition is unclear.

At first I thought this might be a staged video using a dead shark but at the 15 second mark you can see the shark swimming.

There's not much more to say about this video other than the noting the videographer's overall assessment of the scene.

"This guy is crazy to me."

Angler carries blacktip shark out of the water in Jupiter Florida
Yup, he's crazy to us as well.  I would say don't ever try this yourself but then, does that really need to be said? Thankfully, no one got hurt...this time. But one should keep in mind that blacktips have been responsible for many bites in Florida.

According to National Geographic, "blacktip sharks are so common in Florida that scientists suspect most bites in the state can be pinned on the shark, but there has never been a single fatality in the region due to blacktip shark attack."  Of course the probability of a bite greatly increases when one decides to bear hug a shark.

**The video currently has 16 views since being posted on Youtube yesterday by Greg Pace.  Call it a hunch but ssomething tells me that number will soon change as this video stands a good chance of going viral. We will see.

Monday, September 15, 2014

California Surfer Struck by 15 Foot Great White Shark

Map location showing were Beau Browning was surfing when he was hit by a 15 foot great white sharkCalifornia surfer Beau Browning was surfing on Saturday, September 13th, when he had a close call with a 15 foot great white shark at about 6:45 p.m.

The surfer told KSBW news that he was about 50 yards from shore at Manresa State Beach in Santa Cruz County when he was struck by a great white while riding a wave. The force of the hit was so powerful that it knocked him about 10 to 15 feet into the air. Browning states that when he looked down, he saw the shark rolling over his board and taking a bite.

But the scariest part for Browning occurred moments later when the shark started swimming off with his board which the surfer was still tethered to. As the shark swam away, the surfer was pulled underwater until the shark finally released the board about five seconds later which allowed Browning to make it to the surface.

Although it was a harrowing experience for the surfer, he holds no ill-will towards the shark.

Beau Browning surfboard following great white shark attack in Manresa State Beach Santa Cruz
Browing's surfboard - KSBW news
"They were just doing what they are designed to do and they thought I was something else," Browing said. "That's all it is. I got no hard feelings against the shark."

According to the International Shark Attack File, since 1926 there have only been seven unprovoked shark attacks in Santa Cruz County and non have been fatal.

You can watch an interview with Browning at KSBW.

Harmless Basking Shark Off the Coast of Cornwall Becomes Media "Man-Eater"

Basking shark identified as Great White off Cornwall England
Basking shark of Cornwall England
From all indications, it would appear that a 12-14 foot shark captured on video 20 miles off the coast of Cornwall, England is indeed a basking shark.  But that didn't stop many, particularly in the news media, from suggesting that it was a "man eating" great white.

The Daily Mail posted the video with the title, "Is this a great white off the coast of Cornwall? Fisherman films 14ft shark swimming alongside his boat sparking claims man-eater has reached Britain."

Video: Boaters Capture Video of 30' Shark Off Grand Manan Island in Canada

30 foot shark spotted off Grand Manan Island in Canada and it's not a great white
We saw this video earlier in the week and although we thought it was pretty cool, we didn't share it at the time.  But since then, we're received three separate inquires asking if we had seen it and more importantly, asking what type of shark it was?  Some thought it was a massive great white shark.

According to the video description/comments, the shark was spotted off Grand Manan Island in Canada and was several feet longer than the boat which was 26 feet.  The videographer estimates the shark was around 30 feet in length.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Video: Incredible Slow Motion Action Showing Great White Breech

Great white breech. Shot by Biopixel at 10000 frames per second
Biopixel posted this amazing slow motion footage of a great white breeching while it attempted to grab at a bait line. In the past, we've seen other slo-mo videos but this one was done at a rate of 1000 frames per second which brings about absolute clarity.

And although the shark disappears for a bit at the top of the frame, this is a fantastic video that I'm sure you'll enjoy.  It was taken by Richard Fitzpatrick, who is one of the founders of Biopixel.

Video: Diving with Seven Gill Sharks in Cape Town South Africa

Tourists who travel to Cape Town, South Africa for a scuba diving vacation have many options.  But most divers who branch out from just focusing on great whites find that diving with seven gill sharks to be one of the best dive experiences according to Mike Nortje who narrates this short video.

Mike ,who is with Pisces Divers, explains that the seven gill sharks are present all year long and divers will encounter anywhere from a handful to possibly up to 30+ sharks.  The area were the sharks are present is shallow at only 12 meters deep and it is quite an accessible spot making it a great dive for people of all skill levels.

One of the unique things about diving with seven gills is that they are very confident sharks explains Mike.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bull Shark Found in the Ohio River

Bull shark found in the Ohio River by John Bays at Manchester, OH
Bull shark found in the Ohio River at Manchester, OH - Ledger Independent
In the never ending tales of  'Where's Waldo?' featuring bull sharks, we have another shocker from Ohio where a bull shark was found in the Ohio River at Manchester.

The Ledger Independent reports that John Bays of Manchester was preparing to head out to go bass fishing from the Manchester boat launch at Island Creek Campground when he saw a nearly 3 foot bull shark floating in the water.  He believes that it had been struck by a motorboat prop.

With the Cull Now Killed, Western Australia Looks to Expand the Use of Swim Enclosures

This week the Australian Environmental Protection Authority effectively shut down the Western Australian government's controversial catch-and-kill shark policy. WA had been seeking a three year extension of the program but the EPA declared that not enough was known about the impact of killing great whites on the long term viability of the south-western white shark population.

The cull program was enacted earlier this year following the seventh fatal shark attack over a three year period.  The highly contentious program was met with strong opposition from environmental and conservation groups as well as the general public.  In a poll conducted earlier this year by UMR research, they found that 80% of Australians were opposed to the cull.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video: Freediving with Tiger Sharks in the Bahamas

Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria freedive with tiger sharks at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas
Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria freedive with tiger sharks
We come across a fair amount of videos showing divers interacting with tiger sharks at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas; however, what we don't see are videos featuring freedivers doing the same. But fortunately for all of us, that changes today.

This video features freedivers Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria exploring Tiger Beach and having some close encounters with the tiger sharks that call that area home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Video: Incredible Footage of a Pod of Orcas Killing and Eating a Tiger Shark

Killer whale pod hunts, kills and eats a tiger shark off Cocos Island Costa Rica
The following video was just posted and it shows a pod of six killer whales hunting and then feeding on a 2.5 meter (8.2 feet) tiger shark.

The video was posted by Edwar HerreƱo who is a freelance photographer/videographer based in Costa Rica. The video was shot off Cocos Island which is an island that is designated as a National Park off the southwest coast of Costa Rica

It would appear that Edwar was extending the camera underwater while on a boat so not all the footage is perfectly smooth. But it doesn't matter as this is some amazing footage and we are grateful that he posted it.