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.  http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/15/possible-shark-sighting-in-lake-ontario-greeted-with-fear-and-scepticism/]

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.

Photos: Massive Shark Mural in Roeselare, Belgium

Bart Smates Smeets mural in Roeselare, Belgium
Bart Smates Smeets mural in Roeselare, Belgium
Bart Smates Smeets has a unique eye for sharks...especially very, very large sharks. Check out his work which adorns a building along the Hanekop canal in Roeselare, Belgium.

Smeets' work was a true standout at the DayOne Festival which was organized by Street Art Belgium back in May 2014. His lifelike mural featured a massive shark exploding from a bare factory wall while a nearby diver snapped a photo.

 Bart Smates Smeets mural
You can view more of Smeets' work on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/greatstreetart/bart-smates/


Bart Smates Smeets mural in Roeselare, Belgium

Monday, July 14, 2014

Video: Great White Nearly Swims Ashore at an Australian Beach

Great white nearly beaches itself in Australia
A family at Coronation Beach which is just North of Geraldton, Western Australia (approx 300 miles/470 kilometers N. of Perth) had an unusual sighting while visiting the beach this past weekend. They came across a 7 to 8 foot great white shark nearly beaching itself on multiple occasions. Fortunately for us, they had their phone and captured some of the action on video.

The videographer states that the shark may have been sick or injured noting that the white pointer would repeatedly head off shore for about 50 yards and then turn around and come back to the beach.

The Marine Conservation Science Institute (http://www.marinecsi.org/) noted another possibility on their FB page stating that, "it looks like the shark is in a channel between the shoreline and a shallow sandbar, maybe trying to find its way out."

The video was posted on Youtube by Cadmonkey and is 1:42 in length.

[UPDATE: Sadly the shark was found dead when it washed up on shore two days later. It measured 4m in length. No mention at this time of the possible cause of death.]

The 4m great white struggling near shore - WAToday
[UPDATE #2 07/17/2014: WAToday.com.au is reporting that the death of she shark was investigated by the Department of Fisheries.

Principal research scientist Dr Rory McAuley said the four-metre male shark had no visible signs of injury or disease, however it appeared the shark had a large Australian sea lion stuck inside its throat.

“This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behaviour in shallow waters off Coronation Beach. It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage,” Dr McAuley said. “

Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death. Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.”
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/shark-death-investigated-as-video-goes-viral-20140717-ztw03.html