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  • Man is filmed wrestling a shark with his bare hands at a Delaware beach before prying the animal's mouth open to pose for photos

    06/24/2020 3:37:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2020 | Emily Crane
    A swimmer has been filmed wrestling a shark with his bare hands in the shallow waters of a Delaware beach before holding the animal's mouth open to pose for photos. The man caught the shark at the Cape Henlopen State Park Beach in the state's south over the weekend. Video shot by an onlooker and obtained by Fox5 shows the man catching the shark with his hands and dragging the animal by its tail as a crowd of people gathered nearby.
  • Amazing drone footage shows a Great White shark swimming just below a group of surfers and lone kayaker... without them even realising

    06/24/2020 3:34:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2020 | Jamie Pyatt
    Unsuspecting surfers and a kayaker had a brush with death when a man-eating Great White shark swam right below them as they waited to catch a wave. Drone footage shows the fearsome predator – estimated to be 10ft long - cruising among the group of seven who have no idea that a lethal attack could be just seconds away. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Plettenberg Bay in Western Province, South Africa, in just six foot deep water.
  • LETTER: Sharks contribute to Cape economic, safety crisis

    06/21/2020 4:35:33 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 22 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | June 21, 2020 | Ron Beaty
    Because of our menacing great white shark and the seal overpopulation dilemma, Cape Cod is in an ecological, public safety and economic crisis. The exploding seal population is a consequence of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, which allowed for the rapidly growing seal overpopulation. Seals attract great white sharks, which feed upon them and ferociously attack humans. We once had a thriving fishing industry, kept healthy in part by a bounty system of predator control. That ended in 1972 with the passage of the protection act, which not only lifted the bounties on fish-eating predators like seals, but placed...
  • Detections, research continue for Cape Cod’s great white sharks

    06/14/2020 7:15:42 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 29 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | June 14, 2020 | Doug Fraser
    Since he started tagging great whites 11 years ago, DMF shark researcher Gregory Skomal has gradually filled in gaps in buoy coverage and this summer will have 100 buoys, encircling the Cape and extending north to Cape Ann, most of them within a quarter-mile of the beach. Over 200 sharks already have been tagged. “The larger ones show up first and stay the longest,” Skomal said, as their body mass and ability to regulate their body temperature allows them to endure the cooler extremes of the seasons.The season typically starts at the end of May, with detections focused on Monomoy...
  • Pregnant great white shark weighing 2,000-pound swims more than 700 miles away from the northeast US coast to avoid males that want to mate

    06/02/2020 2:42:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 2, 2020 | Stacy Liberatore and Luke Andrews
    A pregnant great white shark has swum more than 700 miles out to sea to escape amorous males, researchers have claimed. The 15-foot-long and 2,000lbs female, named Unama'ki, was tagged off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, in September last year. Since then she stayed close to the shoreline, taking seven months to meander down to the bay of Mexico. But in April the shark had a change of heart, and powered over more than 1,300 miles out into the Atlantic, at one point turning back on herself, before starting to circle around 300 miles off the coast of Nova...
  • Death lies beneath: Three surfers are stalked by a pair of great white sharks on the Australia's east coast

    05/15/2020 4:19:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2020 | Eliza McPhee
    Two Great White sharks have been captured in terrifying footage stalking a group of unsuspecting surfers. Friends, Rob, Adam and Trent were surfing at Tuncurry Beach on NSW's mid north coast this week and were completely unaware of the two beasts lurking beneath them. A man who was using his drone spotted the sharks and alerted the surfers who immediately rushed back to shore. The group managed to escape unharmed and even returned to the same spot for a surf just a day later.
  • Chilling new photo shows moment a large shark breached the water after mauling a French backpacker at a popular Australian surfing spot

    05/10/2020 4:58:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2020 | Lauren Ferri and Louise Ayling
    A chilling photo shows the moment a large shark breached the water after attacking a French backpacker surfer at a popular Australian beach. Dylan Nacass, 23, managed to escape with minor lacerations after a shark latched onto his leg while surfing at Bell's Beach in Torquay, Victoria on Friday afternoon. The backpacker got away by punching the shark in the face twice. A photo taken moments after the attack shows Mr Nacass frantically paddling to get away from the shark as it lurks eerily close to the surfers.
  • WATCH: Great White Sharks Return to the Shores of Seacliff State Beach

    05/09/2020 10:49:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Great white sharks have returned to 'shark park' located off of New Brighton, Seacliff and Manresa State Park Beaches in the Monterey Bay. More and more great white sharks have been spotted in the Monterey Bay since 2015.
  • Endangered Whale Shark Spotted in the Gulf of Mexico Off the Florida Coast

    05/07/2020 6:16:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 7, 2020 | Rosie McCall
    An endangered whale shark was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico during a boating trip near Siesta Key, southeast Florida, earlier this week. Alexa Groat and her family chartered a fishing boat on Tuesday to celebrate her sister's birthday, when an unexpected guest gatecrashed the party. The group had taken the boat out to the Gulf of Mexico where they spotted the shark (Rhincodon typus) cruising near the surface of the water.

    04/23/2020 1:20:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Aristos Georgiou
    A 2,000-pound great white shark called Unama'ki appears to be heading away from the coastal waters of the United States and moving into the open ocean. The shark was tagged with a monitoring device by marine research non-profit OCEARCH in September last year, and tracking data shows that the 15 foot, five-inch-long female is swimming eastwards. It is currently not clear why, but OCEARCH speculates that one of the reasons could be that the animal is pregnant. "Very interesting! Take a look at @UnamakiShark's track. She is veering off into the open ocean. Could she be going out there to...
  • Lawmakers Seek to End Florida’s Key Role in Shark Fin Trade

    02/03/2020 8:53:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    While Florida gains notoriety as the epicenter of the shark trade in the United States, state lawmakers there advanced legislation Monday that would ban the possession of shark fins. The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee endorsed that proposal, as well as another bill that would stiffen penalties against hunters who kill black bears. Spurred by advocates, the committee voted to join other states in outlawing the sale and possession of shark fins, a prized delicacy in some cultures, and a lucrative one.

    01/04/2020 6:48:14 AM PST · by RummyChick · 32 replies
    tmz ^ | 1/4/2020 | tmz
    Barack Obama hates baby shark. And, mommy shark. And, daddy shark. And, ALL OF THE SHARKS!!! Which is why #44 rocked a shark deterrent anklet while paddleboarding in Hawaii! Check out the device on Obama's right ankle -- it's called a Sharkbanz and it claims to repel Jaws from snacking on you like a piece of chum!Look, shark attacks in Hawaii don't happen THAT often -- but they do happen -- and when you're a former President, you don't wanna go out like Samuel L. Jackson in "Deep Blue Sea." A company spokesperson tells us ... the band uses "patented...
  • With Tagging Season Over, Shark Researchers Begin Data Analysis (Cape Cod)

    12/03/2019 9:55:04 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 27 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.