Monday, December 30, 2013

Minnesota Brothers Construct 10 Foot Snow Shark

Bartz brothers construct 10 foot snow shark in New Brighton, Minnesota
Even in wintertime, people love sharks.  And that's no different in New Brighton, Minnesota where three brothers spent days constructing a10 foot snow shark in their front yard.

Trevor, Austin and Connor Bartz's snow creation first came to light when a photo of the shark was posted on Reddit.  Since that time, their hard work has been shown on various media outlets throughout the county.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Video Shows Thresher Shark Repeatedly Using Tail to Whip Sardines

Thresher strikes at shoal of sardines with tail
Here's a stunningly beautiful video from Pescador Island in the Philippines.  The new video shows a thresher shark using its tail to whip at large shoals of sardines.

Thresher sharks have extraordinary long tails that make up nearly half their body length. And although researches had theorized that they used their powerful tails as weapons, it wasn't confirmed until the activity was captured on video.

Earlier this year, researchers from the Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project were able to record a thresher shark using its tail as a weapon while diving at the same Philippine island.  Apparently, it was the first time the activity had been caught on video and news of the 37 second video quickly made science headlines around the world.  That video is posted below the new video.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Details Emerge of Western Australia's Shark Management Plan

Great white
The days of certain large sharks in Western Australia may soon be coming to an end.  Details of Western Australia's shark management plan have recently been shared.

The plan, which is being implemented as a response to recent shark attacks in WA, is to take effect sometime in early to mid January 2014.  It calls for contracted commercial fishermen to deploy and maintain 72 baited drum lines along eight popular WA beaches.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Day Shark Bite In New Caledonia

Christmas day shark bite at New Caledonia - 2013.
On December 25, 2013, a 37-year-old man was bitten by a shark while snorkeling offshore near the village of Hienghene, which is located on the northeast section of the main island in New Caledonia.

According to officials, the victim was snorkeling when he sustained a serious shark bite injury to his foot. Nearby friends rushed to his aide and pulled him onto the beach where they applied a tourniquet to control bleeding.  The victim was then transported to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Video: High Adrenaline Great White Shark Cage Dive

Great white shark crashes into boat (48 second mark)
"If you want jump in your sofa, watch my video..." That was the description provided by Karlos Simon in a video that he recently sent us.

The video was taken in the Gansbaai (Gans Bay)/Dyer Island area of South Africa and features footage from great white shark cage dive(s). The dive boat was the Predator 2 from the Shark Cage Diving tour group.

A Correlation Theory: Increased Economic Growth Brings About Increased Shark Attacks

Miami Beach, FL (Photo: Edward DeGuzman)
In a recent interview by Rachel Martin of National Public Radio, George Burgess, who oversees the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, put forth the opinion that the number of shark attacks in a given area may correlate with the area's economic growth.

He states that if the Chamber of Commerce is doing a good job attracting visitors to a particular beach community, then that community will see an increase in the number of swimmers thus allowing for an increase in the number of shark-human interactions. 

Burgess states that going in the sea is a wilderness experience and that the sea doesn't owe us the right to be a 100% safe. He asserts that one has to accept a certain amount of risk when entering the ocean.

You can listen to the brief NPR segment at the Oregon Public Broadcasting website.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Video: Wicked Action at a Sardine Baitball in South Africa

Sharks and Cape Gannets dine on sardine baitball.
Time to get your energy boost with a video featuring a sardine run from South Africa.

The video was just put out by sharkexplorers.com and features Cape gannets, dolphins, sharks, and other marine life having a go at sardine baitballs.

According to their website, the baitballs occur "when a band of cold water gets pushed up the coast by changing weather patterns. This band funnels massive shoals of sardines up the East coast of South Africa towards hungry predators waiting."

An Ugly Shark Sweater

Get a toothy laugh this holiday season.  That's it for this semi-sharky post.
Ugly shark sweater

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

South African Surfer Bitten By Shark Near Walker Bay

City of Cape Town & Shark Spotters signage
A 19-year-old surfer was bitten by what is believed to be a 3 meter great white shark while surfing at Die Platt, which is west of De Kelders in Walker Bay, South Africa.

On Monday December 16, 2013 at around 8:45am, Tom Browne was sitting on his board waiting for a wave when he was bitten on his left thigh. The shark's lower jaw cut into Browne's board while its upper jaw made contact with Browne's thigh leaving multiple puncture wounds.

The shark quickly let go and Browne and his fellow surfers were able to catch a wave back to shore.

Once on the beach, fellow surfers rendered first aid and one of his friends drove him to the hospital.

Brown is still in the hospital after having undergone surgery but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Video: Tiger Shark Goes After Bait Box...And Wins

There are times in life when you will emerge the top dog in battles and then there are other times when it is best to let the 12+ foot tiger shark assume the role of victor.

The following video shows professional shark handler Vincent Canabal of Epic Diving attempting to keep a large tiger shark from taking claim to the bait box during a dive at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Great White Diving Video Features WOW Moment

Great white pursues bait line in Australia
On a regular basis folks post videos of their shark cage dives from all locations all over the globe. And although we find them all to be enjoyable to view, we don't post them all as some folks may begin to find them a bit repetitive. So which ones do we post?  Typically, they are the ones that stand out and have that extra special touch or moment. And in the case of the video below, it most certainly meets that criterion.

The video is from Port Lincoln, South Australia and features nearly 3 minutes of footage from a great white shark cage dive with Shark Cage Diving Calypso Star Charters.  As with most of the cage videos, it features quite a few impressive close-ups of the ocean's apex predator.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Newest Shark Rider: Santa Claus

And some though Santa shark riding was just for ornaments
So what seems to be the best way to get a shark photo to go viral these days?  Well if you have been reading our blog lately then you know the answer - ride it!

Last month we penned a post where we observed that there was an increasing number of videos popping up on social media showing folks latching on to sharks and going for a ride.  It had become so prevalent, that we actually added the tag "riding a shark" to our index.

The video that pushed us to write the post centered on a young man in Bora Bora who had bear hugged a lemon shark by its underside and went for a spin.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Body Boarder Bitten by 10-12 Foot Tiger Shark off Hawaii's Big Island

Punaluʻu Beach - pic credit
A 29-year-old Captain Cook man was bitten by a 10 to 12 foot tiger shark while body boarding off a beach on the southeast area of the Island of Hawaii (Big Island).

According to a release by the Hawaii Police Department, the incident occurred today, December 11, 2013, at approximately 8:00am at Punaluʻu in the area of Punaluʻu Beach and Nīnole Bay.

The victim was body boarding with two friends and was approximately 20 yards off shore in eight feet of water when he was bitten.

Video: Tiger Shark Cruises Through Group of Snorkelers

Female swimmer swims with tiger shark
Sometimes people post cool videos with not much listed in the description department. This is one of those occasions.

The short video shows a good sized tiger shark swim under and through a group of snorkelers/freedivers.  The shark basically shows no interest in the swimmers and peacefully goes about its business.

Video: Large Great White Dines on Humpback Whale Carcass off Western Australia (2010)

Great white makes a meal of humpback whale carcass off Western Australia
The other day we heard from Phil Scanlan, who is a rescue skipper with Fremantle Sea Rescue in Western Australia, about a video he took in November 2010 showing a large great white shark feeding on the carcass of a young humpback whale. He asked if we would be interested in sharing the video with our readers and of course, we most certainly were.

Great white consumes humpback whale
First and foremost, Phil had previously only showed the video to friends and family and the Jaws theme music was put in for their entertainment.  He was concerned that the music would take away from the video and he wanted us to stress that this shark was calm, non-threatening and truly appeared to be at one with his domain.  At no time did the white pointer show any aggression towards any of the boaters who were also observing the feeding.

Great White Shark Catch & Release by Camp Pendleton Marine

Great white caught/released San Diego, CA 
A US Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA spoke with ABC10 News about a great white shark that he had caught and subsequently released late last month.

Marine Jeff Fangman told ABC10 that he had recently moved to California from the Gulf Coast. On October 28th, he decided to check out the local shark fishing action and headed to the beach with his wife and daughter.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Surfer Bitten by Shark in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sufers at Cocoa Beach Pier - surfspotsmap
At around 2:30pm today, a 30-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark on his right foot while surfing off Cocoa Beach, FL.

According to Florida Today, Bobby Baughman was returning to the lineup and duck dived under a wave when a shark clamped down on his right foot. Baughman believes that it was a four to six foot lemon or bull shark.

The shark did not release its grip so Baughman went into "fight mode" and reached down and begin digging his fingers into the shark's face. Before the shark finally let go, it gave one more hard shake.

Video: Large...I mean VERY Large Great White Makes a Pass

A large great white passes by.
I don't know if it is the video angle, the murky conditions or just that this is one seriously big shark, but here is an impressive 14 second video of a great white making a close pass to someone with a video camera.

Unfortunately, the video description provided no details but we have asked the poster for some info and will post an update if we learn anything.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Video: Bull Shark and Grouper Pursue Caught Fish

Shark and Grouper pursue caught fish
If there is ever a time you are going to root for a fish, this is it.  An angler in Florida is pulling in a fish when a large bull shark decides it wants the meal instead.

The angler taunts the shark by pulling the fish just out of reach with each pass.  This continues for a bit until a very large grouper shows up and in short order takes the fish whole.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Video of Possible Great White Attacking Dolphin in Australia

Gio points out the difference in dorsal fins - Great white vs. dolphin
Here's an eye opening video from Elwood, Melbourne that was posted today. The video was taken on June 1, 2013 and according to the poster, it shows a large great white shark attacking a Burrunan dolphin in Port Phillip Bay.

At the time the video was taken, the videographer Gio Fitzpatrick didn't know exactly what he was witnessing.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shocking Photo from Western Australia of Shark Bitten in Half

Shark bitten in half in Western Australia
The above photo was sent to us this evening by Phil Scanlan who is a sea rescue skipper with Fremantle Sea Rescue in Western Australia.  He notes that people occasionally share random photos/stories with them and in turn, Phil was nice enough to share this one with us.

The photo was sent to him earlier today but he didn't have too many details.  It was taken this past Monday night on a beach near Siesta Park, which is located between Dunsborough and Busselton, Western Australia.  Phil was not aware of the circumstances which led up to this unusual image.

Video: Fisherman Catches Large Tiger Shark off Western Australia - Shark Released

Large tiger shark is caught & released off the coast of Western Australia

A large tiger shark was caught and subsequently released by an angler fishing off the coast of Western Australia.

According to the video description by JDTV17, the 4 meter (13 foot), 400kg (880 pound) tiger was accidentally caught late in the afternoon by a fisherman at a popular Western Australia fishing spot.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pod of Pilot Whales Stranded in Shallow Waters at Everglades National Park

Pilot whales stranded at Everglades National Park, Florida
In a developing story, a pod of approximately 40 pilot whales are stranded in shallow waters in a remote area of the Everglades National Park.

According to WBTV news, the whales were first spotted on Tuesday afternoon about 30 miles from the town of Flamingo, Florida.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is launching a rescue mission on Wednesday morning and will access the situation at which point they will determine if there is a possibility of saving the mammals.

NBC 6 South Florida is streaming a live feed of the whales.
Photos are screenshots from NBC 6 live feed..

Video: Swimmer Gets Up Close With Whale Shark in Palm Beach, Florida

Up close view of whale shark's mouth - by Kristofer Landers
There are close ups shots and then there are seriously close up shots.  This video features the latter as we get an amazing view inside a whale shark's mouth.

The video was taken on December 2, 2013 off Palm Beach, Florida in waters with stunning clarity.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Video: Diving with Eager Lemon Sharks in the Bahamas

The following video was just posted on Vimeo.  It was taken by Connor Cassidy and features Karlos Simon on a 2012 shark dive in the Bahamas.  It is titled, "Playing with Sharks in Bahamas."

Karlos states that the video demonstrates that the lemon sharks only lurked around him because he was close to the bait box.  The sharks had no interests in trying to "eat human flesh."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Kayaker in Maui Killed in Shark Attack

In what has become an unsettling number of shark incidents in Maui this year, a kayaker has been killed in a shark attack in waters off of Makena.

In a statement from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Patrick Briney, age 57, was fishing with a friend somewhere between Maui and Molokini when he was bitten by a shark at around 10:20am on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Following the attack, the friend took Briney to a nearby snorkeling charter boat where he was transported to shore.  Prior to reaching shore, Briney succumbed to his injuries.

The Great White Shark Mary Lee Takes Top Spot at 2013 Wrightsville Beach, NC Flotilla

The Great White Mary Lee themed vessels wins 30th annual NC Holiday Flotilla - Wrightsville Beach
Our favorite great white shark, Mary Lee, was magically brought to illuminated life in the 30th annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla which was held at Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, November 30th.

The Mary Lee themed boat beat out 27 other intensely decorated vessels and took home the Best in Show prize. The boat was titled Great White Christmas and featured Mary Lee with a mechanical mouth and the crew held a sign that read, "SOS Save Our Sharks."

Search for the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year begins

From displays of extraordinary animal behaviour to unexpected views of nature, the hunt is on for the planet’s best wildlife images for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

The competition remains the most prestigious wildlife photography contest in the world, championing the ethical discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through the power of photography. To be in with a chance of seizing one of the coveted awards and grand titles, entries must display creativity, innovation, authenticity and technical excellence.