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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11-foot shark takes pet dog off Australian beach

11-foot shark has taken a pet dog off an Australian beach.

An estimated 11-foot shark has taken a pet dog off an Australian beach. The rescue dog named Molly was playing with her owners around 2:30 p.m. on February 26 in Kurnell. Her owner, Nigel and his wife rescued Molly from the pound and had taken her to the leash-free area of Bonna Point Reserve to play. Around 3 p.m. Molly was fetching a stick in the water when she was taken by an estimated 11-foot (3.5m) shark. “We were just throwing the stick in the water. The tide was really…

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Video:Fisherman gaffs protected great white shark

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A disturbing video showing fisherman gaff a protected great white shark has been posted on social media. In the video, which was posted to Facebook by Mike Hefner, a juvenile great white shark is pulled from the water and up the side of the Huntington Beach Pier by a fisherman using a long rope with a hook which appears to be lodged in the shark gills.   Another image, posted later, shows the damaged gills were split and bleeding. Great white sharks are a protected species and it is against…

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Bull shark bite reported in Coral Bay

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A bull shark bite has been reported near Coral Bay, Western Australia. A woman was snorkeling around 10 a.m. February 26 when she was bitten on the hand by a 5-foot (1.5m) bull shark. She was approximately 66 feet (20m) offshore of Point Maud when she was bitten. The unidentified woman was able to swim back to shore where she received first aid at a nurse’s station before being transported for secondary care, which reportedly included stitches. The shark bite was reported February 27, and Fisheries officers are investigating the…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 2

We return to Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 2. Part 1 can be found here. The news that the first tiger shark is now swimming below has disconcerted everyone at the lunch table. Now it’s a frantic rush onto the dive deck of the Bye Polar, because this is the moment all the guests have waited for. The dive crowd on the platform is curious, and everyone’s eyes are searching. Only the silhouettes of the lemon sharks are clearly visible. Fifteen or more might be there now. A…

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