Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Video: Spearfishermen Capture Video of Large School of Nurse Sharks

A group of spearfishermen in the Florida Keys captures some impressive video of a large school of nurse sharks.  The video shows numerous nurse sharks swimming amongst a variety of fish and the videographer eventually moves in for a closer look.

Video posted by Tikidiver and is 2 minutes in length.
H/T to David Shiffman
Photo is a video screenshot.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Albatross Breeding Season Off Hawaii Equates to Easy Dinner for Tiger Sharks

Tiger shark attacks albatross chick
Albatross chick narrowly escapes tiger shark off Hawaii
National Geographic takes a look at the behavior of tiger sharks that gather on the western end of the Hawaiian islands for the albatross breeding season.

As the the young chicks begin to spread their wings and clumsily venture into the world of flight, they quickly become easy targets for lurking tiger sharks when their brief flights end in water landings.

Video posted by NatGeoWild and is 2:45 in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.

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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Video: Anglers Catch/Release Small Tiger Shark from Florida Shoreline

Tiger shark caught using casted bait.
Gene Jensen, who primarily fishes fresh water, recently had a surprise when he landed a small tiger shark off the Florida coast. Gene had hooked up with Josh from Black Tip Fishing and was looking to catch tarpon. To do so, Gene and Josh went in search of schooling mullet which is one of the best ways to hone in on tarpon. They spent a considerable amount of time searching up and down the coast but to no avail.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Video: Amazing Footage of the Freaky Looking Anglerfish

Anglerfish caught on video.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has released video showing the extremely elusive anglerfish swimming at depth.  The amazing footage was captured by one of their deep diving research vehicles.

Per the video description:
Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat. Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. This little angler, about 9 cm long, is named Melanocetus. It is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. MBARI's ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.

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.

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."

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Australian University Divers Have Up Close Encounter with a Great White

Great white spotted at Glenelg tyre reef - Photo by Jan Bush via Mark Sutcliffe via Adelaide Univ Scuba Club FB

Photo by Jan Bush via Mark Sutcliffe - Facebook
Mark Sutcliffe had an unexpected visit from a 3.5 to 4.0 meter female great white shark during a recent dive at Glenelg tyre reef which is 6 km off the coast of South Australia. Fortunately for all of us, Mark's dive partner Jan Busch was quick with a camera and was able to snap some fantastic photos of the encounter.

According to Mark via the Adelaide University Scuba Club Facebook page, it was an "interesting" dive and he notes that he did suck a bit of air when the shark appeared.  He and Jan waited for the shark to leave the area and they quickly exited the water omitting the dive safety stop.

White Shark Africa Seeking Interns

White Shark Africa is a research, ecotourism and volunteer project operating in Mossel Bay which is on the Southern Cape of South Africa . Every month, they take on up to 12 interns to join them in their research of the sharks in the bay.

Each program is conducted over a period of 27 days* and commences on the 1st of each month. The program is limited to a maximum of twelve participants with a minimum age of 18.

The program is open to anyone with a real interest in sharks and to those who wish to be involved in something rewarding, educational, exciting and overall enjoyable. Anyone studying biology, marine biology, zoology, oceanography, marine tourism, animal husbandry, marine filming, etc will find the program particularly beneficial towards their goals.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Video: Sheep Found in Stomach Contents of Red Sea Tiger Shark

A sheep was found in stomach contents of tiger shark caught in Saudi Arabia
A video has surfaced today on LiveLeak which shows fishermen gutting a large female tiger shark and pulling out the remains of a sheep. According to the poster, the video is from Saudi Arabia but no other details were provided.

Many in the comment section are asking how a sheep ended up inside the tiger shark. Although tiger sharks have a reputation of being the 'ocean's garbage can' since they will eat almost anything, it is not typical that a sheep would end up in the ocean unless they were flushed out via a river system or dumped at sea. No matter the answer, it did make me think about the highly publicized 2010 shark attacks that occurred in Egypt and how livestock transport ships were considered as a contributing factor in the attacks due to the illegal dumping of sheep carcasses at sea.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Video: Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Off Cat Island in the Bahamas

Here's some professional footage of oceanic whitetip sharks doing what they do off Cat Island in the Bahamas.

The 11+ minute was posted by Atlantic Edge Films.  If you are a fan of oceanic whitetips (like we are), you will most certainly enjoy viewing this video.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Videos: Strategies Used by Sea Turtles to Avoid Being Eaten by Tiger Sharks

Did you ever wonder how we have any sea turtles left in our oceans?  Surely as the years have passed these slow moving tasty morsels of goodness would have nearly all be consumed by the the more agile and powerful shark. I mean really, other than a hard shell (which tiger sharks have little problem sawing through with their well suited teeth), what chance do sea turtles have?

Tiger shark attempts to eat sea turtle
Well it turns out, sea turtles have some clever defenses that it can use to help avoid being taken by a shark.

Firstly, when approached by an inquiring shark, the sea turtle will often present it's full, flat shell towards the shark.  Instead of being horizontal like a flat cookie which the shark can easily bite through, it will stay in a half-roll type position and the shark will not be able to open it's mouth wide enough to bite into the large broad surface of the shell.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Video:Guy Accepts Dare & Jumps on Shark

Guys on boat spot passing shark.
Guy dares other guy to jump on it.
Guy accepts dare and leaps onto shark.
Guy quickly swims back and gets on boat.
That's it.  We ask...why?

So here's yet another video where someone decides it would be fun to test fate by harassing a shark.

The video is apparently from Australia and it appears to have been shot from some type of commercial vessel.  In the video, several guys spot an approaching shark and one guy tells another, "try and catch this tiger shark Brett."

Brett correctly replies,"what?"  To which the other guy responds, "I dare you to jump on this tiger shark."

The one guy continues to prod Brett and mentions that it is just a "little tiger shark."  Brett, not seemingly impressed with his assessment replies, "yeah, it's only a man eater."  But with that, he accepts the challenge and moves into place.

At the 30 second mark, Brett jumps off the boat and appears to land directly on top of the shark. Brett immediately swims back to the boat and looks to be panicked as he tries to pull himself aboard.

The camera then goes blank as we hear laughter from all involved. Fortunately, no one got hurt and it would appear the shark was fine as well.

If you end up reading this Brett, we triple-dog-dare you NOT to do that ever again.

Video posted by Blinky Bill and is 50 sec in length.

Video: Scarface the Great White Bites Down in Slow Motion

Cage dive at North Neptune Island
Sometimes a good shark video doesn't need more than just a shark biting down in slow motion.  And that's exactly what we have here.

The video was taken during a cage dive off North Neptune Island in Australia and features a 4.5 meter great white shark known as Scarface.

Scarface is seen biting down and then swallowing a piece of bait.  The action is slowed down so we get a good look at the sheer power of Scarface's jaws.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Video: Boaters Are Delighted at the Sight of a Large Great White Off Rottnest Island

Massive white pointer off Rottnest Island Australia. Whale carcass
Imagine that - here's yet another video from Rottnest Island in Australia featuring a large great white. Ever since a whale carcass was first spotted off the island late last week, videos from boaters visiting the area have been popping up on Youtube and many feature some awesome shots of tiger sharks and great whites.

In this video, boaters get a visit from a very large great white and they estimate the girth to be about 1 & 1/2 meters.  We can most likely attribute the robustness of this particular shark to having an overstuffed belly full of whale meat.  And unlike the one video from yesterday where the one guy immediately wanted to leave upon spotting that great white, these folks seemed to be in sheer awe of the large white pointer and seemed to fully enjoy the encounter.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Raw Video Shows Guy Jumping From Boat into Shark Infested Waters and Climbing on Whale Carcass

This is the story that just keeps on giving.  The other day we posted a story with some video regarding Harrison Williams who climbed up on a whale carcass off Rottnest Island while tiger and great whites were circling about.

Now some raw video has emerged shot from another boat in the area. What's rather shocking is that the guys in the boat taking the video are talking about the large sharks feeding on the whale when they witness Harrrison jump off his boat and swim to the carcass and climb on top.  The one guy summed up the situation well when he stated, "is he f**king serious...what a clown."
Huge great white in 2nd video

We've also included a few extra videos.  The first one was apparently taken from Rottnest in the same area and shows a very large great white (CAUTION - ADULT LANGUAGE).

The second is an aerial video shot by the news helicopter and the 4th is an updated newscast from 9 News Perth discussing the carcass after it had washed up on shore.

Top video posted by Brad Witt and is just over 2 minutes in length.

Video: Great White Slams Into Cage During Cage Dive

In this short video, we get a view from inside a cage as a great white shark is apparently enticed to slam into the cage. Though many cage divers now pull the bait to the side of the cage which greatly lessens the chance the shark will strike the cage, it appears that the bait line was dragged over the cage causing the shark to make impact.

The impact occurs at the 20 second mark and we hear the divers muffled voice yelling underwater, "Oh Sh*t."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Video: Glow in the Dark Wobbegong Shark Sneak Attacks Unsuspecting Fish

We always enjoy viewing videos from Biopixel so when we received an email from Richard Fitzpatrick regarding his latest upload, we knew we were in for a treat.

This short video features some fantastic action of the wobbegong shark.

Firstly, did you know this particular shark glows in the dark?  As with many marine animals, the wobbegong shark is fluorescent under ultra blue lights which we get to see in the beginning of the video.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Video: Aerial Footage of Great White Checking Out Recreational Boat Off Rottnest Island

A group of fisherman have had an encounter with a 4 meter great white shark off Rottnest on Friday. The shark appeared curious by the boat and is seen circling it several times.  The images were taken by a Channel 9 news helicopter.

Not too far away, a whale carcass was attracting both tiger sharks and great whites. A photo taken from crew members on the Seven News helicopter created quite a stir on social media as it shows a shirtless man sitting on top of the rotting carcass.

Apparently the reckless daredevil thought it would be fun to surf the rotting whale, which we can only imagine was rather pungent.  But his glory ride was short lived when he became aware of the presence of numerous sharks in the vicinity.

Video: Sea Lion Charges Spearfisherman

Sea lion off Santa Barbara attacks freediver who was spearfishing.
Sharks are typically the animals that come to mind when you hear about an attack at sea.  But in this video, sharks are nowhere to be found as we see a sea lion charge a diver with mouth open and teeth showing.

The incident occurred on October 10th as freediver Chris Okamoto was spearfishing for yellowtail kingfish near Santa Barbara Island, which is approximately 38 miles off the mainland.

As we see in the video, a group of sea lions approach the area and can be seen swimming very close to Chris. Clearly one of the sea lions didn't approve of Chris being in its backyard and we see it strike out at Chris with its mouth wide open. Fast thinking Chris swung up the butt of his speargun and this was enough to make the sea lion retreat.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Amazing Sequence of Photos Showing a Great White Investigating Surfer in Australia

Great white stalks off the waters off West Beach near Esperance, Western Australia.
Here's an amazing sequence of photos that were taken off the waters off West Beach near Esperance, Western Australia. The photographer, Frits deBruyn, told us that he took the photos on the morning of September 21, 2014 and he estimated the size of the great white at about 3 meters.

The surfer in the photos is Andy Johnston and he was surfing with friends at the time the shark appeared. Several people from shore spotted the shark and began screaming and honking car horns to alert the surfers to exit the water which they all did, minus Andy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video: Rare Look at a Ghost Shark by an ROV

We don't often get a chance to see a ghost shark swimming around in its natural habitat.  Typically, we end up seeing them on the deck of a ship after they have been scooped up by fishing vessels. So it is a real treat to see one this close and with such clarity thanks to the superb lighting and camera on the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).

The ghost shark, formally known as 'chimaera,' is a slow moving deep water fish whose closest relatives are from the shark, ray, and skate family.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photo: Massive Tiger Shark Caught & Released by DNR Off Hilton Head, South Carolina

On October 24, 2014, a message board poster Outcast posted the following below photo of a tiger shark that was caught off the coast of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

According to Outcast, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources hooked the shark on one of their longlines which they use to catch, tag, measure and take blood samples from sharks. This 'girthy' female measured in at 13 feet, 6 inches.

There is some speculation that the shark may actually be world-record size based on weight.  In 1964, Walter Maxwell landed a 13 foot, 10.5 inch tiger shark off the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That shark weighed in at 1,780 pounds.

Video: Tiger Shark Bites GoPro Camera

Tiger shark bites GoPro camera
These days you just never know where the next GoPro video is going to take you.  Jumping off a building, jumping through fire or in this case, entering deep inside a tiger shark's mouth.

This video was taken by a diver during his first dive at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas and he ended up biting off a bit more than he expected.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Human Bites Occur Ten Times More Often in New York City Than Shark Bites Worldwide


Crazy little fact: You are at least 10 times likely to be bitten by a fellow human while in New York City than you are being bitten by a shark anywhere in the world.

Sources: 
(Primary) International Shark Attack File
New York Times
NYC Dept of Health
h/t Stephen Craig for the headsup on this stat. 

Video: Hooked Spinner Shark Erupts From Water Landing 10 Feet from Angler

Spinner shark flies through the air within 10 feet of angler
Not only are spinner sharks very effective at catching fish but they appear to be able to use their spinning ability to free themselves from a fisherman's line.

This video was taken in August 2014 but the angler just reposted it and included slow motion footage of the shark breaking free.

Moments after the shark is hooked, it erupts from the water and we see in an airborne spin headed directly towards the angler.  The shark lands with a splash and we then see the angler checking his slack line.  It would appear that the shark had broken free.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Video: Large Shark Swims by Small Skiff

Large great white shark swims under small skiff
There's not much to this video other than you get to see a large shark swim by a small skiff.  And what the heck, sometimes that's all you need in a shark video.

There were no details provided about the video but it appears to have been taken in a bay-like area and the shark appears to be a great white about the same length as the guy's skiff.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

High Octane Video Showing Sharks Pursuing Mullet Migration in Florida

tarpon, jacks, snook, sharks in pursuit of mullet during migration in Florida.  Swimmers stand in middle of feeding frenzy.

The crew at BacktipH Fishing have released an amazing video showing footage of the annual mullet migration in Florida.

The film was all taken during the first week of the migration and shows many of the predator fish (tarpon, jacks, snook, sharks, etc) in hot pursuit of the easy meal.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Video: Large Female Great White Shows Up During Cage Dive

Here's a great white cage dive video from Gansbaai, South Africa. It was shot on 3 October 2014 during an expedition with Marine Dynamics.

Christian Wode posted the video and stated that they encountered 11 sharks during the trip but one female shark stood out from the others.  At the 1:05 mark, you get a nice look at the very large female as she begins forcefully tugging on the bait line and whacking the cage with her tail.

Video: Snorkeling with Basking Sharks in Scotland

We frequently come across videos showing people snorkeling with whale sharks from locations all over the world. It is always a joy to watch the gentle giants as they majestically move through the water appearing oblivious to the onlookers who film with excitement.

Fortunately, the other gentle giant from the shark world, the basking shark, will occasionally pop up on our radar as is this case today. This video was taken in the waters of the west coast of Scotland and features snorkelers enjoying the day while out with baskingsharkscotland.com.