Monday, November 24, 2014

Video: Madagascar Whale Shark

Nosy Be Madagascar.
Here's a beautiful video taken from Nosy Be, Madagascar. It was shot on 21 November 2014 and features a female whale shark swimming freely about.

After watching the video we do have to ask, how many suckerfish is one shark supposed to tolerate? LOL. It would appear this shark found the motherload of remoras.

Video posted by Victoria Lee and is over 3 minutes in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Video: Guy Gets Crazy Happy as Great White Circles Boat in California...Considers Jumping on Shark

It's no wonder that we see so many videos these days of sharks checking out boats.  Boats oftentimes represent a free feed for sharks as some boaters will toss fish in the water to entice sharks closer in for a better look.  In other cases, opportunistic sharks will snatch an angler's catch as the fish is reeled in to the boat.  No matter the case, boats and sharks often go hand in hand as is the case in the following video.

A group of guys off the north coast of Santa Cruz, California encountered a pair of great whites that hung around their boat for some time.  In the video, we see one shark mouth the motor at the 30 second mark which causes the excitement level with the boaters, who appear to be fishing, to really ramp up.  One guy, who we'll refer to as Mr. Happy, appears so excited, that he continually shakes his leg over the passing shark in what looks to be his way of jokingly saying, "here come get it."

Great white shark investigates boat in Santa Cruz California and guy threatens to jump on sharkAt around the 1:00 mark, a second smaller great white appears and also bites at the motor which causes the enthusiasm level of Mr. Happy to go through the roof.

At the 1:05 mark, the larger shark makes a pass and we hear Mr. Happy say, "I'm going in.  I'm going to jump on him."  To which we hear another guy reply, "No jumping on him."

At the 2:00 mark, one of the sharks apparently swims toward the motor and we hear Mr Happy say, "do you want me to get the gaff and smack him?" Another guy says no.  At the 2:25 mark, the larger shark makes another pass which causes Mr. Happy to once again announce that he is going to "jump on him."

Fortunately, no one jumped in the water and the shark just got to be a shark with no interference.
Photo are video grabs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Video: Boat Captain Jumps on the Back of a Hammerhead Shark and Rides It

Aaron Moir rides a hammerhead shark in Western Australia
In the ever growing saga of people deciding that it's 'cool' to ride a shark, we have this bizarre video from off the Western Australian coast.  It shows a 25-year-old man jumping on the back of an unsuspecting hammerhead shark which had been lured to the boat with bait on a rope.

According to The Australian, the jumper is Aaron Moir, who is a boat captain with Blue Juice Charters, and the brief encounter was captured on video by charter guests.

Arron told the paper that he was just having a bit of fun and that he next plans to ride a tiger shark. He then went one step further and said that "one day, if I get the confidence, maybe a great white shark."  Arron also stated that this was the 6th or 7th shark he has 'ridden' since working for Blue Juice Charters.

As one can imagine, the skipper's actions have brought about rebuke from many in the shark conservation field. Ross Weir, who is the spokesperson for the West Australians for Shark Conservation, told the paper that there was "a culture among young men in WA who think it’s cool to interfere with wildlife to get their 15 seconds of fame”.

 “It’s idiocy, it’s dangerous and it shows a total disregard and lack of respect for nature,” Mr Weir said.

In a related stories, earlier this month an Australian man accepted a dare and jumped on a passing shark. You can view that video here.  Also from earlier this month, an Australian man ignored sharks in the water and swam over to a whale carcass to go for a float. View video here. 
Photos are video screenshots.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Video: Wild Action During Great White Cage Dave Off Isla Guadalupe

Great white shark penetrates cage and nearly bites diver at Guadalupe Island
Screenshot sequence from the video shows divers always need to be alert during a shark dive.
Here's another beautiful video from our favorite great white viewing location, Guadalupe Island off mainland Mexico.

Tom Mellinger gave us a headsup about his video via Facebook and stated that he, "finally got the chance to meet Whitey face-to-face. Can't wait to go back." After watching his video, we can easily see why he had such a fantastic time and is anxious to return..

Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe during cage dive
Great white cruising by the upper cage
Tom was aboard the Solmar V with Great White Adventures and shot the footage using his GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition in mid August 2014. He did a great job of editing the video and it was very enjoyable watching the entire film.

As for our above photo sequence screenshot , it's from the 5:05 mark on the video and it serves as a good reminder that when diving with sharks, always stay alert. Wild action!

Tom's love for great whites was clearly enhanced by his dive trip and he states the following in his video description: "Save these beautiful, majestic, powerful, and awe-inspiring creatures."  We couldn't agree with you more Tom.

The video is nearly 7 minutes in length and was posted on Tom Mellinger's Youtube page.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Video: California Fisherman Is Thrilled When Boat Gets Bumped by Great White Shark

Fisherman get bumped by great white shark off Franklin Point near Santa Cruz California A group of fishermen fishing off Franklin Point near Santa Cruz, California became aware that a great white was in the area when their boat was bumped.

The group was fishing for lingcod when they were visited by the 12 to 14 foot great white shark last week.

What makes this video really stand out is the sheer enthusiasm and excitement from the guy shooting the footage, who we believe is the same guy who posted the video Matt Mitchell.  The video starts out by Matt proclaiming, "we got the footage of a whitey...we finally got it!" and then he bursts out laughing. From there, he continually scurries about the boat capturing more images of the shark as it moves around the boat.

Fisherman get bumped by great white shark off Franklin Point near Santa Cruz California His two shipmates aren't nearly as vocally enthused by the encounter and it's clear that one of them is actually concerned about the actions of Matt.  At one point, you hear him caution Matt that the shark is very close and tells him to get his hands out the water.  As Matt continues to move around the boat capturing various shots of the shark, we hear one guy announce, "don't be tipping (or shifting) the boat."  To which Matt replies, "so epic" as he positions himself to grab another shot. It was clear that Matt's elation was not going to be muted.

Thanks Matt for sharing the footage and for putting a smile on our faces.  Your complete enthusiasm regarding your GW encounter was quite infectious.

Video posted by Matt Mitchell and is 2 minutes in length.
Photos are screenshots.   

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Video: Canadian Angler's Catch Taken by Cow Shark

Here's a video that was taken on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada and posted today on Youtube.  It shows what appears to be a cow shark attempting to snatch a fish (possibly a dogfish shark) from an angler' line.

It appears that the slow moving cow shark may have been accidentally cut in the throat area while the angler was attempting to cut the dogfish free.  It appears to be a minor injury and we do see the cow shark slowly turn and begin swimming off when the video ends.

Here's a brief description of the Cow shark from sharksavers.org (click link for additional information):
Cow sharks are little known because they spend most of their lives in deep, cold oceans beyond the reach of divers. However, there are times during the year when some species spend time in shallow waters to feed and give birth. Cow sharks are unusual in that they have six, and in some species, seven pairs of gills. They have wide heads, small eyes, and a heavily-built body.
Video posted by Walter W and is one minute in length.
Photo is a video screenshot

Friday, November 14, 2014

Video: Tourists Get a Shock When Great White Slams Into Shark Cage Bending the Bars

South Africa Great White Shark bends cage during a cage dive
Talk about a heart stopping moment for these tourists on a cage dive in South Africa when a large great white slams into the cage and actually bends the bars apart. 

Patrick Andersson posted a cage dive video today on Youtube stating that it was an "oldie" and that it had not been shown before.  Today's video (2nd down) shows a great white latched onto the bait line and basically in a tug of war with the bait handler.  The shark thrashes against the cage several times as it tries to get the bait and it is rather intense action.

Great white shark in tug of war with bait line during South Africa cage dive
Today's crazy video made us search for Patrick's earlier videos and we did locate the eye-opening one below (1st one) which was taken at Mossel Bay in April 2014.  In this insane video, it appears the bait handler lures the shark directly towards the cage and we see the shark slam into the cage at full speed.  Once the shark frees itself, you can actually see that the bars on the cage have been bent out.

Typically, most cage diver operators do their best to keep the sharks from making contact with the cage although on occasion accidents happen.  In this case, it does seem that the shark was lured directly towards the cage.

Both videos posted by Partick Anderson and the 1st one is 46 seconds in length & the second is 40 seconds  in length.
Photo are screenshot from videos


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Video: Divers Leave Cage to Dive with a Great White at Guadalupe Island

In this video posted today on Youtube, we see several divers exit the safety of  a cage to dive with a great white shark at Guadalupe Island.

We first see the divers outside the cage at about the 30 second mark.  The shark appears to pay no attention to the them as it continues to swim around.  At around the 2:20 mark, we see one diver attempt to touch the upper lobe of the shark's caudal fin.

There's a reason that many consider Guadalupe Island to be the premiere location to see great whites. Not only are the chances quite high that you will spot them in these waters but the visibility is second to none.

The video was posted by DiVentures and is just over 6 minutes in length.
Photo is a video screenshot

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Video: 10-Year-Old Boy Panics After Catching Hammerhead Shark and Begs Grandfather to Shoot It

Boy freaks out after catching hammerhead shark and begs his grandfather to shoot it.
This video is from August 2013 and shows a ten year old boy's reaction after hooking a seven foot hammerhead. The boy is clearly freaked out by his catch and begins begging his grandfather to get the gun. Unfortunately, this is not a catch and release.

Towards the end of the video, we see the shark pulled onto the boat after it had apparently been shot. But once on the boat, the shark began moving again and again freaked out the boy. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Video: Spearfishermen Swim with Hammerhead at Anacapa Island

Hammerhead becomes aggressive towards spearfishermen
A group of spearfishermen where fishing off Anacapa Island when they spotted an eight foot hammerhead shark.  Hammerheads are not typical in the colder waters off Anacapa Island which is a small island approximately 11 miles off the coast of Port Hueneme, California, in Ventura County.

One of the spearfisherman, Forrest Galante, decided to take advantage of the rare encounter and he began luring the shark closer to the boat with bait.  At that point, he and his friend jumped into the water with video rolling.

According to Forrest, the shark became somewhat aggressive and continued to move closer to the two swimmers.  After it became apparent the shark was not going to back off, both guys decided to exit the water.

Video & story from WPTV