Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fish Worker Suffers Shark Bite in Israel

A man in his mid 20's was bitten by an unknown type of shark while working at an offshore fish farm approximately 7 kilometers off the Port of Ashdod.

The man was diving at the fish cage when he was bitten.  A colleague pulled him to safety and rushed him to shore.

The victim sustained serious injury to his lower arm area and reports state that he lost part of his hand. He is currently in moderate condition at the Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.
Photo credit: Fish cage.

News Reports:
A shark attacked a young man in Ashdod - Jerusalem Online
27-year-old man bitten by shark, moderately hurt off Ashdod Port - The Jerusalem Post
Man Bitten by Shark in Ashdod - Israeli National News
Shark bites man near Ashdod shores - Ynetnews

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Video: Numerous Bull Sharks Descend on Florida Spearfisherman After He Shoots Fish

Florida spearfisherman rings the dinner bell for these bull sharks after spearing a Jack Crevalle fish.
When you first watch this video from Jupiter Ledge in south Florida, your reaction will surely be the same as ours. What the hell were these guys thinking in spearing a Jack Crevalle fish when they area surrounded by numerous highly amped bull sharks? After all, the outcome seemed predictable to us.

At the 2:10 mark, the video restarts just seconds after the Jack fish is speared.  We immediately see numerous bull sharks swarm the speared fish as well as the two spearfishermen.  Fortunately the divers make out OK as the bull sharks primary focus on the speared fish.  Once the hungry sharks make a quick meal of the handicapped fish, they then create some distance from the divers.

Bull shark in hot pursuit of spearfisherman's catch.
So why did they take the shot when they were in the presence of so many bull sharks? Well according to Diego Asencio, the one behind the camera, the video is rather misleading because of the way he edited it.

He notes in the comments that at the time the fish was speared, there were no bull sharks visible in the area.  It wasn't until the fish had been speared that the bull sharks appeared out of the darkness.  He notes that the circling of the bull sharks, as shown in the beginning of the video, actually occurred after they had speared the Jack fish. In editing, Diego showed the bull sharks circling first.  Further, in all fairness to Diego, he has posted quite a few spearfishing videos which show sharks in the area while fishing so we can assume that he has had some experience in dealing with aggressive sharks.

Finally, for the people who question why they even speared a Jack fish as they are not known for being very edible, he states that the guy who speared the fish provides them to his Vietnamese neighbor who actually likes to eat them.

The video was posted earlier this year by Diego Asencio and is 2:38 in length.
Photos are screenshots from the video.

Video: Freediving with Rays and Blacktip Sharks in Mo'orea

Swimming with rays and sharks in Mo'orea
It's time for a little freediving R&R from Mo'orea island which is located in French Polynesia.

Cedric Beaumont has posted a few videos on Youtube showing himself and Elena enjoying some peaceful underwater time with a few rays and blacktip reef sharks.

The fist video is 1:10 in length and the second one is 30 seconds and can be viewed here.  Relax and enjoy!!
Photo is screenshot from video

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Video: Great White & Tiger Sharks Feed on Baby Humpback Whale Carcass in Australia

Great white & tiger sharks feed on whale carcass.
Here's a wild video from Australia.  Some folks came across several tiger sharks and one massive great white feeding on a dead baby humpback whale in Hervey Bay, Australia.  The video was taken on September 23, 2013.

What really makes this video special is the size of the great white.  As it passes by the boat at the 15 second mark mark, one woman lets out a scream when she takes in the full size of the white pointer.  It then swims over to the whale and we get to see it's awesome power as it chomps down on the whale's flesh starting at the 30 second mark.  This is one very impressive great white shark.  Enjoy the power!

The video was posted by MsSunshinefun and is 1:54 in length.
Photo is a screenshot.

Video: Snorkeler Hand Feeds Tiger Shark While Wearing No Protective Equipment

Hand feeding a tiger shark with no protective equipment
A shark diving company based in the Florida Keys has released a video showing one of their shark wranglers hand feeding a tiger shark while not wearing any protective equipment.

Bryce Rohrer, who is a guide/wrangler with Keys Shark Diving, is shown in the video hand feeding what appears to be a 6 to 7 foot tiger shark.  He has a snorkel and no protective equipment.  The feeding occurred during a half day shark charter on September 20, 2013.

It is clear from the video that Bryce is experienced in dealing with tiger sharks and he appears to be very calm as he at times plays tug-of-war with the hungry shark.  This is a good thing as we see Bryce's hands get quite close to the working end of this young tiger shark.

On several occasions the shark swims right at Bryce but he calmly steers the shark away with a light touch on top of the shark's snout.  At no time does the shark appear to be aggressive towards Bryce other than to the extent that the motivated shark wants more fish.

The video was posted by Key Shark Diving and is 2:03 in length.
Photo is a screenshot.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Video: Diver's in South Africa Have Close Encounter with Agitated Tiger Shark

Diver reaches out to touch agitated tiger shark
A diver filmed a rather eye opening close encounter with a large tiger shark off Protea Banks reef which is located about 7km off the coast of South Africa near Margate.

The video starts with the tiger shark already close at hand.  Almost immediately, you can see that the shark appears to be agitated when it snaps its jaws at the 1 second mark. As the shark continues swimming, you can see that its pectoral fins are slanted down and the shark's movements seem just a bit rigid.

As the shark passes a diver at the 8 second mark, the diver reaches out to touch the shark but appears to not make connection.  With any shark in an aggressive state, a move such as this could easily be an open invite for trouble.

Tiger shark approaches diver and snaps its jaws
The shark then makes a turn and heads directly towards the person filming.  In a rather stunning move, as the shark is within just a few feet of the videographer, it again snaps its jaws which is easily audible at the 14 second mark.

Fortunately for everyone present, the shark then turns and swims off into the dark sea and out of sight. We should note that the shark has an injury on its left side.  At first we thought it might be from a cookiecutter shark bite but upon closer look, it appears to be more of a deep penetrating hole.

The video was posted today on Youtube by Chris vd Merwe and is 40 seconds in length.
Photo is screenshot from video.


Update: We asked the folks at Shark Diver Magazine to review the video and render their analysis.  We heard back from Eli Martinez who is the Editor at SDM and is often referred to as the shark whisperer. Here are his comments from FB:

"BIG shark. The shark was agitated for sure. It looks like the shark came in to investigate the divers, popping her jaw, showing her dominance and size. She was not a super confident shark because she did not try to bump. But confident enough to come in to get a closer look. I think if they would of touched her she would of taken off faster. She was not comfortable and the second jaw pop was her trying to reinforce her dominance over them as she made her close pass, letting them know she was a shark that they better not mess with her. This is just my opinion of course. That is a very deep hole...wonder what did that? - Elim 

Video: Tiger Sharks Up Close...Very Close

If you like tiger sharks, you'll love this video.  It features six minutes of up-close tiger shark action taken from above and below the water.

The video was taken at Tiger Beach and features Emma, the locally famous 14 foot tiger shark who frequents the area.

In describing Emma, the videographer states that she is a "gorgeous gentle giant" and is relaxed around divers.  She did not show any signs of aggression while he filmed her.

He notes that she had recently given birth and still shows some bite marks from mating.  He closes by saying that he hopes she gets pregnant again and will give birth to a number of "small striped creatures."

Video posted by Sander Wind
Photo is video screenshot.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Video: In Your Face Great White Shark Bite

Great white shark bite. Video below.
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a massive great white shark bit down just inches from your face?  Thanks to this amazing video you now can find out.

The video was posted on Youtube by Artifact Production and offers 26 seconds of sheer terror (or pure excitement depending on your point of view) from the safety of your computer screen. Good stuff!

It's unclear from the video whether if it was an accidental strike or the shark was intentionally lured to strike the cage by the bait handler.
Photo is a screenshot.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Video: South Carolina Dolphins Beach Themselves to Catch Fish

Seabrook Island gang of dolphins create bow wave-ABC Nightline
A pod of dolphins, known as the Seabrook Island gang, live off the South Carolina/Georgia coast and have a unique method of hunting.

The dolphins work together as a team by corralling schools of mullet near the beach. The dolphins then send out vocal cues to each other and swim as a group towards the shore thus creating a bow wave which causes the mullet to splash up onto shore. The dolphins temporally beach themselves and wait for the mullet to flop back towards the water and if the dolphins are lucky, they snag one along the way.

Seabrook Island gang of dolphins feed on mullet (Folly Beach, SC)-ABC Nightline
In a story by ABC's Nightline, National Geographic’s director of photography Scott Snide explains that this method of fishing is not without risks, "“If they sit up there too long they (the dolphins) can crush internal organs, they can burn,” Snider said. “A lot of bad things can happen.”

Snider also notes that as these dolphins become more well known and people crowd the shore to observe them, the dolphins may become more reluctant to use this method.

In a rather bizarre video (below) posted earlier this year on Youtube by gotoceeceest, we see first hand that the dolphin's way of life is truly in jeopardy.

Tourist chases after beached Seabrook Island dolphins -Gotoceeceeest
Gotoceeceest states that she went to Seabrook Island S.C to film the dolphins when she came across an older tourists who was trying to dive into the pod of beached dolphins. The gentleman's son was filming his father and explained to her that "his dad wanted to do this because he thought it would be spiritual."

Fortunately for Gotoceeceeest, the dolphins appeared to ignore the behavior of the older gentlemen and followed up with two more standings which she was able to capture on video. She notes that it was a real 'blessing' to be able to share the video with her father who was not able to join her due to health issues.
   

Video: 21-Year-Old Attacked by Possible Bull Shark at Pensacola Beach

Trevor Kalck bit by possible bull shark off Pensacola Beach
On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Trevor Kalck was swimming off Pensacola Beach, Florida when he was attacked by a shark and sustained injuries to both feet.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, Trevor and two of his friends, who are all assigned to nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station, were swimming approximately 100 yards offshore and were past the second sand bar in an area called the trough. The emerald green water was clear and they could see the bottom in the 8 to 10 feet deep water.

The shark initially struck Trevor on his left foot but quickly swam off. The shark then spun around and came back and latched onto Trevor's right foot. Trevor was able to free his foot and his friends came to his aide and helped him to the shore. He sustained nerve and muscle tissue damage.

Based on the behavior of the shark, George Burgess who is director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida believes that the shark responsible for the attack was a bull shark.

The below video shows the moments after Trevor was brought to shore by his two friends. The video was posted on the WEAR ABC 3 News Facebook page and was taken by viewer Angie Taylor.  NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT.

For a detailed account of the attack and a video interview with Trevor, check out Pensacola News Journal.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Video: A Snorkeler Gets Too Close to Whale Shark & Gets Slapped by Tail

Over the year, we have shared several videos from Sail Rock Divers who are located at Koh Phangan, Thailand.  They always do a fantastic job of putting together a visually entertaining video and we always enjoy viewing them.

Sail Rock Divers also specialize in taking snorkelers and divers out to swim with whale sharks which arrive at Sail Rock on a seasonal basis.  This year alone, 40 whale sharks have been spotted.

In this video, they remind folks not to get too close or touch the whale sharks as they can sometimes 'strike back.'  In this case, a snorkeler enters the water just as a whale shark is passing by.  The snorkeler appears to reach out to touch the passing mammoth but almost immediately, he receives a light strike in the face.  The snorkeler then u-turns and heads back out of the water. Video posted by Sail Rock Daily News and is 15 seconds in length.

Thank you to Evgeny Kovban for giving us a heads-up about this video.
Photo is a screenshot.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Video: Tiger Shark Consumes Dead Bull Shark

In a truly random video, we have a short clip from Vimeo showing a dead bull shark tethered to a rope being eaten by a very large tiger shark.

The video was posted yesterday by John Hazzard and it had the following title: "Tiger shark eats bull shark in the backyard"  The video contained no further description and it appears to be a first time post of this video.

CAUTION: Video contains adult language and is 45 seconds in length.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Video: Hammerhead Swims Near Unknowing Swimmers at Pensacola Beach

Hammerhead shark near swimmers at the Pensacola Beach Pier in Florida
Hammerhead shark near swimmers at Pensacola Beach Pier
In a scene which happens numerous times a day, though rarely captured on video, a gentleman spotted a hammerhead shark passing near some unknowing swimmers off Pensacola Beach, Florida.

The videographer states that he took the video from the Pier at Pensacola Beach Pier on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Hammerheads are quite common in this area and there have been a few videos/photos posted this year showing hammerheads passing near swimmers in this general area.  (1. Hammerhead Shark Cruising Perdido Key Beach Draws Large Crowd   2. Florida Swimmers Have Exit From Water Blocked by Hammerhead Shark)

Video posted by Eric Mccowan and is 43 seconds in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

Video: Thresher Shark's Last Attempt at Freedom Before NY Fisherman Land It

Thresher shark caught by fishermen in New York
A group of fishermen in New York almost end up on the wrong side of a thresher shark's last attempt at freedom before they get the shark in the boat and then dispatch it.

Although we much prefer to see fisherman release any shark catch due to the declining numbers of the species, NY fishing regs allow for the keeping of one thresher shark per boat as long as the shark measures a minimum of 54 inches from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.

Although many shark species have high levels of mercury, that is not the case with thresher sharks according to NOAA Fisheries Services.
"Analysis of mercury in the muscle (Suk et al. 2009) reveals levels substantially lower (mean 0.13 ± 0.15 µg/g) than the FDA recommendations of 1.0 µg/g. Mercury concentration increased with shark size to a maximum of 0.7 µg/g for a 241 cm fork length (~ 425 lb) individual, still below the FDA recommendations."

Before we sign off, here's an excellent video put out by NOAA titled 'Sustainable Sport Fishing for Thresher Sharks' where they discuss the best practices to be used by anglers who seek to catch and release thresher sharks.

CAUTION: Adult Language.  Video posted on Youtube by Jordan Rosenstock.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Shark, an Atheist and God Make for a Good Joke

There is an atheist swimming in the ocean. All of a sudden he sees a large shark in the water, so he starts swimming for the safety of his boat.

As he looks back he sees the shark turn and head towards him. His boat is a ways off and he starts swimming like crazy. He's scared to death, and as he turns to see the jaws of the great white beast open revealing its teeth in a horrific splendor, the atheist screams, "Oh God! Save me!"

In an instant, time is frozen and a bright light shines down from above. The man is motionless in the water when he hears the voice of God say, "You are an atheist. Why do you call upon me when you do not believe in me?"

Aghast with confusion and knowing he can't lie the man replies, "Well, that's true I don't believe in you, but how about the shark? Can you make the shark believe in you?"

The Lord replies, "As you wish," and the light retracted back into the heavens and the man could feel the water begin to move once again.

As the atheist looks back he can see the jaws of the shark start to close down on him, when all of sudden the shark stops and pulls back. Shocked, the man looks at the shark as the huge beast closes its eyes and bows its head and says, "Thank you Lord for this food for which I am about to receive..."

Joke Credit: Hana

Friday, September 13, 2013

Video: Carpet Shark Lunges at Unsuspecting Fish

A carpet shark (wobbegong) lies in wait until an unsuspecting fish gets within range.  In an instant, the shark lunges from the ocean floor and acquires its next meal.

The video was taken in Jervis Bay, Australia using a GoPro camera with no divers present.

Video uploaded to Youtube by pgsmith6 and is 0:32 in length.  Following the video in normal speed, the lunge is showed in slow motion.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Video: Stunningly Beautiful Video of Graceful Whale Shark in Thailand

Whale shark in Koh Phangan, Thailand - by Chris Hailey
Prepare yourself to get lost in this absolutely stunning video showing a whale shark gracefully moving through the waters off Koh Phangan, Thailand.

The video was shot during a Sail Rock Divers dive and was taken using a GoPro Hero 3 silver edition.

The timing of this video is perfect.  Earlier today on our Facebook page, we shared a ridiculous article published by shanghaiist.com.  In the article, they show images of a large whale shark that was caught by fishermen in Fishermen in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China.

The article's author refers to the gentle, plankton eating shark as a " terrifyingly massive beast" and states that the "oceans are terrifying places full of monsters."

So with that ludicrous article in mind, it was so nice to come across this video posted earlier today by Chris Hailey on Youtube.  The video is 1:57 in length.  Turn on your speakers, sit back and enjoy!
Photo is video screenshot.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Video: Tiger Shark Spotted in Bahamas with No Dorsal Fin

While cruising around Elizabeth Harbour in Great Exuma, Bahamas, some boaters spotted this tiger shark swimming near the ocean floor.  At first, they were surprised to see a tiger shark in such a "heavily populated area" but what was even more surprising to them was that they noticed that the shark was missing its dorsal fin.

Video posted by Dallas Knowles and is 0:44 in length.
 

Two Men Suffer Minor Shark Bites in Florida Within Seconds of Each Other

Two men, who were approximately 100 yards from each other, suffered minor shark bites while in knee deep water off New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. 

Reportedly, the bites occurred within a minute of each other and both victims reported the shark as being about 3 feet in length but it is unknown if it was the same shark responsible for both bites.

Both victims made their own way to the hospital and were treated.  The one victim, a 25-year-old, was bitten in the shin and the other, a 43-year-old, was bitten on the foot. 

Lifeguards began flying the purple flag warning beachgoers of sharks in the area.

News Accounts:
2 suffer minor shark bites in central Fla waters - Miami Herald
2 treated for minor shark bites in surf off New Smyrna Beach - Orlando Sentinel
2 men bitten by sharks in New Smyrna - The Daytona Beach News-Journal
2 men bitten by sharks off Florida coast - CNN

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Video: An enjoyable swim in the tropics...

As we search video websites for interesting and relevant videos to share with you, we typically come across quite a few that we pass on.  But everyone once in awhile we come across a video that we decide to share...just because.  And today, this is one of them.

So without any more yapping from us, we'll leave you with the video poster's description and the very short video to follow.  "A quiet, relaxing holiday by the sea in the tropics :)"  

Posted by bieb3327 and photo is a screenshot.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Video: Shark Blocks Swimmers Exit, Swimmer Climbs Friend's Back

In answering the question of what you should do when your exit out of the ocean is blocked by a small shark, this young lady gives us all the answer.  You jump up on your friend's back.

This short video was taken over Labor Day weekend 2013 in Ponce Inlet which is in Volusia County, Florida.

It was posted on Vimeo by Carlos Andrade and is 20 seconds in length.  I only wish they had skipped the tiresome Jaw's theme music.
Photo is video screenshot.


Sharks In Ponce Inlet from Carlos Andrade on Vimeo.
Sharks in Ponce Inlet - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Video: Large Shark Eats Smaller Shark at Cherry Grove Pier in South Carolina

Large shark eats smaller shark at Cherry Grove Pier in N. Myrtle Beach, SC
In a "you just can't win" video, a small bonnethead shark hooked by an angler is able to fend off a hungry larger shark.  But, in what initially appears to be a turn of good fortune, the little guy's luck runs out when the angler's line breaks.

An angler fishing at the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach, SC catches a small bonnet head shark.  As he pulls it to the surface, a much larger shark attempts to take the bonnethead (9 second mark).  The bonnet head shark appears to elude the larger shark and is then again pulled to the surface by the angler. The angler does not retrieve the bonnethead and instead allows it to perilously splash around on the surface.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Video: Swimmer Kills Shark with Punch to Head

In yet another 'what the hell' video, a swimmer spots a small shark and then kills it with a punch to the head.

The man then brings the shark onto shore and shows it off to children on the beach.  At the end of the video, we see the man proudly display his 'trophy' as he wears it as a scarf.

Video posted on Youtube by clueup films and is 1:26 in length.
Photo is screenshot from video.