Bikefishing- A Unique Attraction For the Tourists!

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We all try something with the hope of making our experiences amazing, and when it comes to bike fishing, it might seem like a Toy Story 3, from where got pulled, the hydraulic claw, with a crane connected sitting on a barge front. Such equipment is used for bike fishing from the canal, by the agency responsible for maintaining canals cleanliness and stopping the bikes from scraping on to boat bottom. These agencies get paid.

As per the people who do Bikefishing, the whole process is like plunging their hand in the sudsy water, filled in the sink, trying to find a spoon and working blindly, until one gets something, but soon enough, they do have their first bike.

If asked where do these bikes that are plucked out of canals using a claw, end up at the end, the answer is the recycler. These recyclers get around 15000 bikes in a year at Amsterdam. The place has been like an open sewer for the people to throw anything in it until 1960 when they realized the practice error, that made the start of cleaning canals (taking help from bicycle fisherman) and even though people started getting conscious for cleaning, there is still a lot to process.

Nobody knows why these bikes are tossed in canals and where some think it is just the drunk people trying to do drunk things, some even say that these get thrown away by the thieves trying to dispose of their crimes. It is also believed that most of the bikes recovered from the canal are either a part of the stolen or the bikes of people who have been vandalism victims. As per the Amsterdam police, around 50 to 80 thousand bikes get stolen every year, and not all report about it as they consider that the police would be able to provide help with it. On the other hand, some people find it easy to throw and buy new bikes rather than repairing the old one, which would cost more. But do you know, you can also convert your existing old bicycle into a completely new and modern electric bike using an ebike conversion kit. Check out some recommendations at

Whatever may be the reason fishing bikes through the canals is one of the best jobs one would get.

Scrap metal, this is how these recovered bikes end up. But do you think bikes are the only thing that gets caught up in the claw? No, the workers on certain occasions find fridges and cars too. As per the reports, 35 to 50 cars fall every year into canals. Mostly these are part of accidents, but in many cases, vandalism comes into the picture.

The fire brigade special driving team is there in Amsterdam to fish out the cars in cases where any accidents have been reported or are found.

Bikefishing today, it is Amsterdam’s one of the unique attractions for tourists. This place is a bicycle-friendly city, and here in around 40 to 60% of the city trips are made on the bikes. Around 880000 bicycles are estimated to be existing in the city. This calculation is more than the permanent population of the city by around 20%.

One hundred sixty-five canals exist in Amsterdam, and 100 km combined length is covered by it all. Herein these canals, around 15,000 bicycles get wet every year and retrieved from the canals of Amsterdam, providing people a full-time occupation for fishing bikes around the city.

One important agency which is responsible for keeping the canals clean is, Waternet. Huge hydraulic claws are employed by them to reach the canal beds and fishing the bicycles out. Since 1960 they have been bike fishing and doing it every day.

At least one bike is owned by 78% of the Amsterdam population, and these bikes outnumber the residents by a significant margin, as discussed above. 881000 bikes and 851573 permanent residents, this is the current estimates for bikes that outranks the population. This statistic is relatively correct.

It’s the notorious flat geography of Amsterdam, which makes the city a perfect combination for biking, though the 17th-century canals which exist here and are world-famous do create issues for cyclists. It’s very likely for the bikers to park their bicycles extremely close to the city’s existing waterways. This is where the bike fishing comes into the picture, saving the waterways and clearing the mess.

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.

Tiger shark attempts to bite sea turtle but turtle uses defensive strategy.

Secondly, the turtle will stay very close to the shark and will keep swimming in a tight circle around the shark.  The shark will not be able to match the tight radius and thus will not be able to latch onto the turtle.

This informative video was posted by skyler thomas and is just over a minute in length.  The short clip was taken from a full episode which can be viewed here.

Photo: Drone GoPro Image of Great White Shark Near Paddleboarders in Australia

Photo: Drone GoPro Image of Great White Shark Near Paddleboarders in Australia

GoPro Drone aerial image of great white shark near paddleboarders in Kilcare Australia
GoPro image of shark near paddleboarders by Tom Caska
GoPro Drone aerial image of great white shark near paddleboarders in Kilcare Australia
Zoomed in -GoPro image of shark near paddleboarders by Tom Caska

Earlier this week, Tom Caska from Sydney Australia, fired up his phantom drone to capture some aerial shots of his brother Andrew Caska who was paddleboarding with friends.  They were boarding about 50 meters off shore at Kilcare, which is about 30 nautical miles north of Sydney in New South Wales, when Tom captured this stunning image at around 5:30pm in the evening.

Tom believes that the shark is a great white and estimates its size at around 4 meters (13 foot) but noted it is hard to judge as he had a fish eye lens on his Go Pro camera.  For comparison, his brother Andrew is 6′ 2″ and is on a 9′ 6″ board (Andrew is on the red paddleboard).  The person closest to the shark is on 6 and a half foot surf board.

GoPro Drone aerial image of great white shark near paddleboarders in Kilcare Australia
Closer view – GoPro image of shark near paddleboarders by Tom Caska

Tom told us that at this time of year, great whites are migrating south and it is common for them to be spotted in the area.  As you can see in the photo, this shark looks to be in pursuit of a small school of fish which Tom believes to be salmon.

Also Read: The tourist’s take on Bike Fishing

His brother never spotted the shark and only saw a bit of swirl in the water.  It wasn’t until Tom later showed him the photo that his brother learned what photobombed his pic.

Tom is starting up a drone photography business, Aerolens, and he can be reached at for any inquiries.

Great White Attacks Boat Carrying Shark Fishermen in South Africa

In an odd turn of events, the news agency is reporting that a great white shark attacked a small boat carrying fisherman who were out to fish for smooth hound sharks.

According to the report, the inflatable boat was about three miles off the coast of Strandfontein when the attack occurred.

The great white was latched on the boat for about sixty seconds and when it let go, the boat had  a large gash with a few embedded teeth.

The crew of the boat immediately headed for shore and all aboard safely arrived.