Video: Gums, the toothless Great White Shark

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Video of a toothless great white shark has been shared on social media. Doug Vanderby was diving with Shark Diving Xperts and was lucky enough to film the shark as it passed by his cage off Guadalupe Island on October 26, 2016. Because of the large number of missing teeth in the shark’s mouth, Vanderby gave the shark the nickname of Gums. It is believed to be the same great white shark that became stuck in a cage last year. We were able to speak with Mr. Vanderby about the…

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Spearfisherman bitten by shark in New Caledonia

A spearfishman was bitten by a shark March 4. The unidentified man was fishing with two friends north of Lifou Island, part of the Loyalty Islands Province in the archipelago of New Caledonia. He had just strung a fish when a 7- foot (2m) shark showed up. The shark, which was identified as a gray shark, bit the man on the left side of his head before swimming off. The 43-year-old was assisted by his friends and taken to Médipôle of Koutio, a private hospital in New Caledonia, for medical…

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Video: Blacktip Shark nearly bites snorkeler’s fins

Video showing the moment a blacktip shark nearly bites a snorkeler’s fins has been shared on Instagram. David Diez was filming his girlfriend, Helen Palacios, who was snorkeling off the coast of West Palm Beach March 22 when he caught the interaction with his drone. Palacios was blissfully unaware that a small blacktip shark was eying her fins as a possible meal. “What I think happened was the shark confused her fins for a fish . . . ,” Diez posted on Instagram. A post shared by daviddiez (@daviddiez) on…

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Shark bites surfer in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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A surfer was bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on March 27. Robert Nesbit was 30 to 40 yards (27 to 37m) off shore when he was bitten on the foot just before 10 a.m. According to the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, the injury was minor and the man drove himself to the hospital. Florida is known as the shark attack capital of the world, yet the majority of injuries caused by sharks are minor.  Most bites occur off the east coast of the state…

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How Cage Diving with Great White Sharks Began Part 2

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In Part 1 of our series, we looked at origins of cage diving and what divers learned from those early expeditions. In Part 2, we visit the history of great white shark dive spots around the world. South Africa In South Africa, cage diving is of younger origin and was only practiced sporadically in the western Cape Province around Struisbaai, east of Cape Agulhas, and in False Bay near Cape Town in the late 1980s. In 1997, seven commercial cage dive operators finally entered the Dyer Island Channel at Gansbaai….

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Bodyboarder bitten by a shark in Australia

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A bodyboarder has been bitten by a shark in Australia. Gonzalo Mompo Fernandez was boarding off Killalea State Park in an area known as The Farm on March 19 around 6:30 p.m. when he was bitten on his bum and inner thigh. The 30-year-old backpacker was accompanied by several friends at the popular New South Wales location. “We were paddling for a wave, or just going over the lip of a wave, and then the shark’s come up the back and tried to grab hold of his arse,” Jordan Hirst ,…

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How Cage Diving with Great White Sharks Began Part 1

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Have you ever wondered how cage diving with great white sharks began? In Part 1 of our series, we look at the history of cage diving with great white sharks. Last October it happened again: A video showed how a white shark broke through the bars of a shark cage in front of the Mexican island of Guadalupe. Not only was it horrible for the diver, but also for the shark. The animal had rammed the metal construction and became trapped. Helplessly, the crew watched as the shark grew very…

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*Graphic* Fisherman bitten by a shark in the Bahamas

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A fisherman has been bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. George Keywood was wading in the waters off Great Exuma on March 2 when he landed a fish which piqued the interest of several sharks in the area. The 58-year-old fisherman had just released his catch when a lemon shark bit his calf and hand. “It was surreal. I’d released the fish I’d just caught and was washing some slime off my hand in the water. The next thing I know there’s this thing banging against my leg. Then…

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Diver removes knife from nurse shark’s head

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Video showing a diver remove a knife from a nurse shark’s head has been posted on social media. A dive group was checking the scenery of Cayman Brac February 27 when they came across a nurse shark with a large knife lodged in its head. Brett Johnson, who works for Reef Divers, was leading the group around Snapper Reef when they noticed the shark had been stabbed in its head. “At first it looked like it was just sleeping as most nurse sharks usually are, but then we noticed something…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3

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Today we return to scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3.   The tiger-like striped pattern, with which the hunter can easily be recognized, fades with age. Divers who encounter a tiger shark should not panic. The dangerous animal is rather shy and reserved toward divers. As a rule, you can keep the shark in check with a stick or a large camera, but you must have good nerves. In particular, don’t let the shark push you toward the water surface—the so-called death zone. There, the tiger shark loses…

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