Thursday, December 4, 2014

Video: Viral Shark Story Showing Babies Being Removed from Dead Shark - Actually 6 Months Old

3 Babies Removed From Dead Shark
Dead shark in Georgia is cut
open and babies releases
A shark video which is making the news rounds is wrongly being credited to a recent event in Cape Town, South Africa.  The video, apparently re-uploaded by bodhispeak on December 1 using a shorter edited version, shows a dead pregnant shark being cut open and 3 baby sharks being removed and set free. This version also features some annoying music.

It tuns out the video was originally posted over 6 months ago by Beth Cordell and the full version is over six minutes in length. In the original version, we can see that the Good Samaritan is very cautious as he moves forward in recovering the baby sharks which are visibly moving inside the mother shark.  In addition, the video features no music, just natural sound.

The video description is short on details but Beth notes the following: "Shark washed up on beach. It was dead but it's tummy was jiggling. Bystander cut it open in order to save the babies."

Beth does not state where this took place but thanks to the keen ear of Melanie Robinson via our Facebook page, she notes that they make reference to being in the state of Georgia at the 2:25 mark.

It appears that the shark had a substantial injury to its lower jaw which may have been caused by a gaff.

Although it is a graphic video, it's always good to see ordinary folks stepping in to help save sharks. As Brad Scott28 noted in the comments, "this video restored my faith in humanity."  We agree Brad, we agree.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Photographer Captures the Moment a Shark Photobombs Australian Surfers

What is it about sharks lately?  They seem to have taken an interest in photobombing surfers.  Just the other month, we featured a video where a surfer was photobomed by a shark in Pedra do Sal beach in Salvador, Brazil.

Now from Macauley's Beach in New South Whales, a shark made a surprise visit during the Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club surf competition which was held this past Sunday.  According to Inquisitr, it is believe that the shark was a spinner, a thresher or a mako shark.

Steph Bellamy explained to ABC News that she was taking photos of surfers when she caught the unexpected image.

"I took a shot, but as I stood up there was a splash and I thought, 'what was that?' and hit the button to take another photograph," she told ABC. "Then I heard the judges say, 'Wow, what was that?' and I expanded the shot out so I could have a look and it was as plain as day there was a major photobomb from a beautiful creature of our planet.  It was a shark, and quite a large one."

The competition was halted for about 10 to 15 minutes before resuming.  Ms Bellamy stated that it was a black shark with a bite belly and estimated the size at eight feet.
Photo by Steph Bellamy

Video: A Dark Overcast Shark Cage Dive in South Africa

Rainy dark day during great white shark cage dive
We always enjoy watching great white shark cage dive videos from Gansbaai, South Africa but what makes this video unique is that it was shot during a dark overcast day and features some very interesting lighting.

The video was shot in November 2014 on board Mike Rutzen's boat out of Gansbaai. It was posted by neenenoos and is just over 3 minutes in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Video: Fantastic Aerial Drone Footage of a Pod of Killer Whales

Drone aerial footage of pod of killer whales off Canada
As any followers of our site already knows, we love aerial drone footage of sharks.  Well, equally interesting to us is seeing aerial shots of killer whales and wow, do we have a video for you.

This video was posted last month and features some fantastic footage of a pod of orcas swimming off the coast of Canada. In the description, they state that the footage is unprecedented. I can't say if that is true but I can most certainly say that it is an awesome video.

The video was posted by LiveScienceVideos and is 2 minutes in length.  Enjoy.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Video: Intense Hands On Encounter with Tiger Shark at Tiger Beach

Jim Abernethy swims with tiger shark
Jim Abernethy, with Scuba Adventures, has posted a video from Tiger Beach in the Bahamas which shows some intense interaction with a tiger shark named Tarantino. In the description, he notes that the tiger shark is "expressing love" and we see the shark repeatedly approach the divers.

In the video narrative, the encounter is described as such:
Jim Abernethy swims and shows love for a tiger shark at tiger beach
I would like to share with you a very special encounter that I had this past week at Tiger Beach. An old friend I have known for nearly a decade appeared, Tarantino, a large affectionate tiger shark.  I was so happy to see her I jumped out in front of my camera and gave her some love and affection not realizing that I was drifting away in the strong current.  I had to swim back and hoped my encounter wasn't over.  And as I looked back I was so happy to see her coming back into my arms where i could giver her more of what she really wanted... 
I wish there was some way that I could get the world to see what these beautiful creatures are really like so we can end the needless slaughter and keep our oceans healthy not only for them but for our own existance on the planet. 
As noted, the video was posted by Jim Abernathy and is 2 1/2 minutes in length.
Photos are video screenshot.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Video: Great White Circles Boat Off O'ahu Hawaii

We received a headsup about this video from Rckay Rax after we posted a similar great white video last week. He told us in a Facebook message that he thought we would enjoy seeing it adding that it featured "comedy and shark gold." Well, he was right.

The video was shot off Waianae Kaena point in Makaha Hawaii and was posted in January 2012. The group of anglers had just landed a marlin when the 14 foot great white shark began circling their boat and taking a few bites at the motor.

The clarity of the water is spectacular so we get some wonderful views of the passing shark.  And clearly the guys on the boat were thrilled with the encounter as one mentions that it was an "unreal trip that we will never forget."

Video posted by Dominick Gaballo and is about 7 1/2 minutes in length. [NOTE: ADULT LANGUAGE]
Photo is a screenshot

Friday, November 28, 2014

Video: Drone Footage of a Great White Shark During Cage Dive

Aerial video of great white shark at Guadalupe Island.  Also features cage dive footage.
We sure do enjoy it when someone shares a shark drone video. Fortunately for all us, we have another one that was shot by Mike Korostelev during a cage dive at Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

The top video is the drone video and features some great aerials shots of a great white near the dive boat. The second video is from a cage dive during the same trip and features some fantastic footage of great whites swimming about.

Video: The Responsible Way to Ride a Shark

Woman riding mechanical shark
As many of you know who follow our page, the number of videos featuring shark riders continues to grow.  Well here's a video showing the responsible way for someone to ride a shark.
PS. She does a good job of hanging in there.

Video posted by DoniciaBarrios and is one minute in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Video: Rear Facing Camera Captures Shot of Pursuing Great White

Great white shark chasing an underwater towed camera
Check out this awesome footage of a great white swimming towards a towed camera. The 4 meter shark was captured on video by Charles Maxwell, a 68-year-old cameraman and diver who lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Charles frequently tows his camera behind his boat in hopes of capturing some unique underwater shots.  He does not use any bait but instead relies on the instinctive curiosity of the animals to come close and explore the foreign object in their waters.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Video: Diving with Tiger and Lemon Sharks at Tiger Beach

Tiger and Lemon sharks swim with scuba divers at Tiger Beach Bahamas
Here is one of the better videos we've seen from tiger beach.  Unlike many other videos from the area, this one is slower paced and really shows the beauty of the area.

In addition, the divers don't interact too much with the tiger and lemon sharks but instead just let them swim around in their natural setting with only limited hands-on activity.