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  • With Tagging Season Over, Shark Researchers Begin Data Analysis (Cape Cod)

    12/03/2019 9:55:04 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 25 replies ^ | December 3, 2019 | Luke Leitner
    CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy wrapped up their tagging season a few weeks ago, but researchers still have a lot of work ahead. The winter months bring with them plenty of work to be completed and data to be analyzed. “The winter is actually an incredibly important and productive time for us,” said Megan Winton, a staff scientist with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. “Right now we are processing all the videos that we collected over the summer, we are analyzing tagging data that the Division of Marine Fisheries has been collecting over the past almost decade,” she...
  • Shark-proof wetsuit material made from extra-strong plastic fibres is developed by [tr]

    11/19/2019 6:40:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 19, 2019 | Ryan Morrison
    A revolutionary new wet suit material has been developed in Australia to protect surfers from deadly shark bites. The new 'shark proof' material has extra-strong plastic fibres woven throughout that make it harder for teeth to penetrate the fabric. The team from Flinders Univesity in South Australia tested two different types of fabrics that combined very strong but lightweight fibres with the neoprene material used for wet suits. The new materials are more resistant to bites than a normal wet suit - even from a Great White Shark - researchers have discovered.
  • Public, town officials weigh in on Cape shark findings

    10/22/2019 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 35 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | Oct 18, 2019 | Doug Fraser
    NORTH EASTHAM — Thursday night marked the first time the public had an opportunity to weigh in on a recently released report on shark detection, deterrence, exclusion and other alternatives intended to keep people safe, or at least safer, when they enter the water at Outer Cape Beaches. “There’s a lot of techniques out there, and none of them are all that perfect, that’s what it comes down to,” said Todd Morrison, an oceanographic engineer for the Woods Hole Group, which produced the Outer Cape Shark Mitigation Alternative Analysis. The report was prepared under a $50,000 contract paid for by...
  • Why are great white sharks swimming so close to North Atlantic beaches?

    09/27/2019 9:54:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 102 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 26, 2019 | Staff
    Just 20 years ago, great white shark sightings were so rare in the North Atlantic that they were declared "vulnerable" and given protected status by the U.S. government. Now they are seen so often, and so close to shore, they are drawing a public outcry, particularly on Cape Cod. Bill Whitaker reports on the great white controversy for the 52nd season premiere of "60 Minutes" on Sunday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS. It's true there are many more great whites now say scientists who study them. Whitaker saw them not much more than...
  • How shark attacks are pitting US conservatives against liberals

    09/14/2019 11:19:36 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 85 replies
    NewStatesmanAmerica ^ | Sept. 6, 2019 | Louis Amis
    In Cape Cod, right-wing demagogues are using the politics of fear to demand a mass cull of sharks and seals. ..snip.. It turned out that the aftermath also fit the pattern of 9/11, demonstrating once again how statistically low-risk but viscerally alarming threats – especially when those threats come from perceived foreign elements or new arrivals – are ripe for demagoguery. Two days after Medici’s death, Howie Carr, a talk-radio host in nearby Boston, took time out from railing against the “Mueller witch-hunt” to warn of “the growing menace” on Cape Cod, being abetted by “environmental extremists.” a Cape radio...
  • Minke whale carcass found at Humarock Beach (mass. sharks

    09/10/2019 7:30:10 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 21 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | Sept. 10, 2019 | Mary Ann Bragg
    SCITUATE — A minke whale carcass was found Monday afternoon in the surf at Humarock Beach, making for the fourth found in the region this summer. At the beach, New England Aquarium’s marine animal rescue team found the carcass of a 22-foot-long sub-adult. The whale is believed to have died within the last few days. The carcass had been significantly scavenged by sharks. A full necropsy couldn’t be performed because of the amount of tissue that had been eaten, but the good condition of the skin on the pectoral fins and back indicated that the whale had died recently. There...
  • From ‘ferocious’ signs to shark detecting buoys, …(Cape Cod)

    09/08/2019 10:25:50 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 37 replies
    MassLive ^ | Sept. 8, 2019 | Michael Bonner
    (snip)“The signs are more ferocious,” Wellfleet Director of Community Services Suzanne Grout Thomas said. “We’ve got a scarier shark on the sign. It used to be couched in a little more friendly language. Now it’s basically, sharks hunt in these waters.”“This year, in terms of busyness level, is about the same as the last two years.” In previous years, researchers were only on the water about twice a week. Now, boats are out at least five times a week leading to more sightings, while the number of sharks may not have changed.(snip) In early August, Newcomb Hollow Beach debuted the...
  • Surfer, 40, who was bitten after he fell on a 6-foot shark is the 11th person to survive [tr]

    08/30/2019 8:30:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2019 | Lauren Edmonds
    A Florida man survived a shark attack this week after falling off his surfboard mid air and landing on a bite happy 6.5-foot shark. Don Walsh was surfing on Tuesday morning at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, when the incident occurred. Walsh, who is a chiropractor in Brevard County, had taken the day off from work and spent several hours that morning surfing.
  • Shark Massacre 1943 - The 'Other' USS Indianapolis

    08/20/2019 8:42:26 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 25, 2019 | Mark Felton
    When the US transport ship Cape San Juan was torpedoed in the Pacific, the survivors faced an horrific ordeal in seas full of sharks. Find out the horrifying story of the 'other' USS Indianapolis.Five minute video:
  • Experts: Sharks are here to stay in the waters off Cape Cod

    08/19/2019 10:45:10 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 68 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Aug 19, 2019 | Rick Sobey
    “It’s not going to be like in the past when seals had a bounty on them and were wiped out,” King said. “As long as the federal government protects the species, the problem is not going to be solved.”
  • Cape Cod’s New Normal: Sharks Are Everywhere

    08/18/2019 5:53:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 17, 2019 | Jon Kamp
    During a recent morning surf at a town beach here, Andy Jacob spotted a dark shadow in the water just a few feet away. He assumed it was a gray seal because they are everywhere these days—until he got a better view. “As clear as day, it was a great white shark,” said the 40-year-old Wellfleet resident, who had been surfing around the same spot where a great white killed a boogie boarder last September. He said he warned others nearby and that a lifeguard temporarily ordered people out of the water, standard protocol after a sighting. “Any person could...
  • Is that a shark?! Long Island police warn of massive 12-FT beast roaming the Hamptons' [tr]

    07/21/2019 5:06:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 20, 2019 | Staff
    Police on Long Island have warned those enjoying the waters on this hot weekend to be wary of a large shark that was in shallow waters in the area. The Quogue Police Department said that the shark was seen near Penniman Creek at approximately 9am on Saturday. The creek provides access to the Shinnecook Bay and the Quogue Canal, Pix 11 reports.
  • Great white shark pulls fishing boat around San Francisco Bay

    07/16/2019 7:08:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 15, 2019 | Alejandra Reyes-Velarde
    Every morning for 10 years, Joey Gamez has hopped on a boat to take customers of his Golden State Sportfishing business on a San Francisco Bay excursion, a hobby-turned-business for the 42-year-old. On Saturday, he and a group of men were hunting for sevengill sharks, also known as cow sharks, off the coast of Alcatraz Island when they made a surprising catch, Gamez said in an interview Monday morning.
  • Loyola Marymount Student From Torrance [CA] Dies In Shark Attack In The Bahamas

    06/27/2019 7:30:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/27/2019
    Police say the victim was attacked by sharks while snorkeling with her family near the island. Family members apparently saw the sharks and yelled, trying to warn her, but she didn’t hear them in time. Police say there were three sharks involved; they bit her in the arms, legs and buttocks and severed her right arm. Lindsey was taken to hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. She is expected to undergo an autopsy in Nassau. Lindsey was a communication studies major at Loyola Marymount University. Friends described her as an animal lover and a climate change advocate. “My heart...
  • Fury as heartless fishermen film themselves hacking off a shark's tail then throwing it back [tr]

    06/04/2019 6:46:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2019 | William Cole
    Two fishermen who filmed themselves laughing as they cut off an endangered shark's tail have received a huge backlash. Horrific footage taken by the men on board their boat shows them throwing the shark back into the sea. The shark is shown struggling to swim away as it leaves a stream of blood from its painful.
  • Christmas Tree Shops pull shark-related items from Cape Cod stores after complaints

    05/19/2019 10:07:10 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 62 replies
    7 News (WHDH) - Boston ^ | May 17, 2019 | Emmylou
    (WHDH) — Christmas Tree Shops has pulled “offensive” shark-related items from all of its stores on Cape Cod following a number of complaints. In recent days, some residents have expressed outrage over items mocking shark attacks on beachgoers, first reported. One item that sparked dissatisfaction among shoppers was a “Shark Week” kitchen towel that said, “Nice to Eat You” on the bottom. There was another item that reportedly said, “Send More Tourists, The Last Ones Were Delicious!” A red T-shirt also had a message scrawled across the front that read, “Come to the Shark Side.” “It’s a pretty touchy...
  • Jaws attack fears as surge in great white shark numbers off Cape Cod sparks debate over [tr]

    05/07/2019 3:45:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2019 | Chris Pleasance
    Officials in Cape Cod are searching for ways to prevent shark attacks as the number of great whites in their waters grows. A shark safety report has been commissioned, with local groups lobbying for approaches ranging from early-warning systems to baiting and killing the animals. Heather Doyle, founder of Cape Cod Ocean Community, argues in favour of warning systems and says fear of sharks is being driven by 1975 film Jaws.
  • Great white sharks likely pushed the massive megalodon to extinction

    02/14/2019 4:31:58 PM PST · by jonascord · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 13, 2019 | [BGR News] Mike Wehner
    Taking a dip in the ocean and coming face to face with a predator of the deep would be enough to scare anyone. Modern day great white sharks are intimidating creatures, but they wouldn’t have held a candle to the ancient super-sized beast known as megalodon. The long-extinct shark has been the subject of many research efforts in the past, with scientists attempting to determine when and where it lived, and perhaps even figure out why it’s no longer around. Now, new fossil evidence suggests that the colossal creature actually died off quite a bit earlier than was originally thought,...
  • Divers spot the world’s largest ever recorded great white shark - 2.5 ton ‘Deep Blue’ [tr]

    01/17/2019 6:16:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2019 | George Martin
    A pair of divers have taken part in a daring photoshoot with the biggest great white shark on the planet after it was spotted swimming near Hawaii. The enormous predator known as 'Deep Blue', is believed to weigh around 2.5tons and measure up to 20 ft , was first seen by Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries, who are both divers and photographers, on Sunday last week. And the pair soon leapt into the water to take a closer look at the creature as she fed on a dead sperm whale, around nine miles from the coast off the Hawaiian island...
  • Shark attack in Australia injures man who called himself 'shark bait'

    12/09/2018 9:21:34 AM PST · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | Dec 9, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    A surfer who previously described himself as "shark bait" was seriously injured after being attacked by a shark on Sunday, officials said. Joel Mason, 36, was in the water near Scotts Beach, located about 300 miles north of Sydney, when he was hit by the shark while surfing in the morning, Sky News reported. An ambulance service spokesperson told Sky News the man suffered a "severe leg injury" and suffered "a lot of blood loss."Mason's father, Rob, told Nine News his son has surfed since he was 5 or 6 years old, and loves to surf by himself. "He says...