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.