A Sad Day For Whale Sharks

A Sad Day For Whale Sharks

It is a sad day for whale sharks across the globe. We start off with a whale shark that was killed when it was hit by a ship in Jayapura waters off Papua, Indonesia. The 13 foot (4m) shark was hit by the ship this morning. The captain apparently could not avoid hitting the shark and it appears to have succumbed to it’s injuries fairly quickly. Local authorities worked with the ship’s captain to dispose of the sharks body in deep water. The police chief said that there have been…

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Surfer Bitten by A Shark in Japan?

Surfer Bitten by A Shark in Japan?

A surfer appears to have been bitten by a shark in Japan. The unidentified man was surfing off Irino Beach in Kuroshia, of the Kochi Prefecture on July 24, 2016 around 7:05 pm.  He was approximately 16 feet off shore when he started to get on his surfboard board in the 1 to 2 foot deep water. He was bitten on the left foot by what he believes to be a shark.< Another surfer contacted emergency services that responded to the scene and transported the 29-year-old to the hospital. Apparently…

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Video: Blue Shark Beaches Itself in Spain

Video: Blue Shark Beaches Itself in Spain

A video has surfaced of a blue shark beaching itself off the coast of Bolnuevo, Spain. Tons of beach goers gathered around the shark and began filming the incident. Thankfully Red Cross personnel were in the area and were able to dispatch a jet ski to the area. Once the jet ski arrived, a rope was attached to the sharks tail and it was drug out to sea. This is not the first blue shark to make news in Spain. Just last month a swimmer was bitten on the hand…

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Great White Sharks Filmed Eating a Whale in MA

Great White Sharks Filmed Eating a Whale in MA

Several great white sharks have been filmed eating a whale off the coast of Massachusetts. Frank Duggan filmed the sharks on August 4th in Cape Cod Bay.  The Captain of the boat Outer Limits II speculated that one of the sharks was around 16 feet long. While the Atlantic Great White Conservancy has tagged several sharks in the area, none of the ones filmed appeared to have tags. The group recently released an app called Sharktivity. It features a sharktivity map, where users can see reports of local shark spotting…

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Teen Bitten by a Shark in the Bahamas

Teen Bitten by a Shark in the Bahamas

A teen has been bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. Johnny Stoch was snorkeling with his family on August 9, 2016 when he was bitten on the left leg by a shark. “I kicked its nose and it went up to get me again and then it let go and swam away,” the 15-year-old told Abc7. He said the sharks head was around a foot wide and “it was on my leg, tearing through”. His mother saw the shark and began screaming, which alerted Johnny’s father John. “My wife…

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Interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks Pt 2

Interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks Pt 2

Today we finish up our interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks. If you missed part 1,  it is still available here. What’s unique about Mossel Bay, South Africa,  is that a lot of the time, you only have to travel 10 minutes from the harbour to find the white sharks. The access is brilliant and the conditions are also amazing with the calm seas. We were used to the huge swells and harsh winds when being at sea in Western Australia on a tiny boat and deploying…

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Foilboard Bitten by Tiger Shark

Foilboard Bitten by Tiger Shark

A Hawaiian racer’s foilboard was bitten by a tiger shark August 6. Connor Baxter was using a foilboard, essentially a paddleboard with a hydrofoil underneath, while surfing Maui’s Maliko Run last weekend. Along the route he felt a bump and thought his friends might be playing a prank.  He quickly realized it was not a prank when a 10-foot long tiger shark knocked him off his feet and onto his back on top of his board. The shark had grabbed the hydrofoil under the board and was thrashing it around….

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Interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks Pt1.

Interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks Pt1.

Today I have the honor of sharing my interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster founder of the non-profit organisation Support Our Sharks (SOS). Dr. Kempster is a shark biologist who obtained his B.Sc. (2005) and M.Sc. (2007) in marine biology in the UK, and went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the sensory biology of sharks. He recently spent a month with Oceans Research working on his shark deterrent project. Let’s start off with a little background. Do you consider yourself more of a…

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Man Bitten By Shark In Florida.

Man Bitten By Shark In Florida.

A man was been bitten by a shark in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Nolan Tyler was surfing on Thursday when he was bitten on the right foot.  The 22-year-old was in hip-deep water around 10 feet away from his surfboard when he was bitten. “And as soon as it bit, I kind of like jumped back and the thing spooked out, and it actually ended up thrashing his body and hitting me in the leg and it scurried off” he told WFTV.com Lifeguards were able to patch up the bite…

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Have Hammerhead Sharks Been Killed by Fisherman?

Have Hammerhead Sharks Been Killed by Fisherman?

Have Hammerhead sharks been killed by fisherman? Three adult females and one male hammerhead shark have washed ashore this week in Sarasota County, Florida.  The species is protected in Florida but, unfortunately, fishing gear was attached to one adult female hammerhead’s body. Attached fishing gear gives rise to one theory of how the sharks might have died, but is there another? Hammerhead sharks suffer from delayed mortality.  This means sharks cannot handle the stress of being caught. The circumstances of the four hammerhead shark deaths is complicated because hot, summer…

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