Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spearfisherman Bitten by Sevengill Shark Off New Zealand

Spearfisherman bitten by sevengill shark in New Zealand
On Saturday, January 25, 2014, 24-Year-Old James Grant had just caught his first fish while spearfishing in Garden Bay, New Zealand when a sevengill shark latched onto his leg.

In an interview with Stuff.co.nz, Grant states that he began stabbing the shark with his dive knife until it eventually released his leg and swam off.

Grant, who is a medical intern, made his own way to shore and tended to his wounds with a first aid kit that he normally keeps on hand for his pig-hunting dogs.  He stitched his own wounds using a needle and thread.

Eventually his fellow spearfishermen friends emerged from the water and took Grant to the hospital.  But while en route, they decided he needed a refreshment before treatment so they stopped at the Colac Bay pub for a beer.

Upon learning that the Colac Bay pub was hosting a fishing tournament, Grant expressed disappointment that he hadn't actually killed the shark.

Grant should make a full recovery and he states that "when the stitches come out I will be back in the water."

Check out the full story at Stuff.co.nz.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Video: Crazy Moments from Recent Great White Shark Cage Dives

Great white penetrates shark cage - from first video by efsane 68.
Here are several videos from recent great white cage dives where the divers had close encounters with the star attraction.

Several of the videos clearly show that the shark was enticed to make contact with the cage in order to give the divers a more close-up experience. There is ongoing debate in the shark cage dive community as to whether this is a good practice as it can cause injury to the shark.

In my opinion, the practice is unnecessary as most divers would be more than happy to view great whites up close and don't need to experience having the shark crash into the cage and risk potential injury.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Video: Kayak Fisherman Has Jaws-Like Moment in Florida

Kayak fisherman encounters shark in Florida
If you are the type who is easily spooked by sharks, then what unfolded in this video might have scared the heck out of you.  But fortunately, that was not the case for this angler who was fishing of Fort Desoto Park in a stip of water called Bunces Pass (St Petersburg, Florida).  And though I hate to ever use a comparison with the Jaws movie, this video sure does seem reminiscent of the scene in the lagoon when the boys are sailing and encounter the man in a dingy.

The angler states that the shark was in about four feet of water when he captured it on video. He adds that he is not a shark expert but believes it to be either a lemon or bull shark. The shark appears at the 15 second mark and he explained the encounter as such:

Australian Fisherman Faces Backlash After Posting Photos of Large Tiger Shark Trophy

Tiger shark caught 
A fisherman is facing criticism on social media after posting photos of a 320 kilogram tiger shark that he caught while fishing 30 nautical miles off Swansea in New South Wales, Australia.  The shark was caught and killed during the Laak Maquarie Game Fishing Club summer fishing competition on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

After posting photos of his catch on Facebook, he received numerous comments condemning his action. You can read some of the comments via this SMH article.

According to media reports the fisherman, who has only been identified as Ben, has asked to keep his identity private.