Shark Week 2016 Begins Sunday

Shark Week 2016 Begins Sunday

Shark Week 2016 begins this Sunday on the Discovery Channel. This year some of the shows will be augmented with special virtual reality 360 degree videos. Shark Week VR experiences will include Surviving Sharks, which sends viewers “underwater” with Australian Navy diver Paul de Gelder who lost his leg to a bull shark.  Another feature will be Dare to Swim in The Shallows, which offers a look into  Sony Picture’s upcoming film The Shallows, which opens in theaters today. The VR videos can be viewed using Google cardboard or other VR viewers….

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Fisherman Bitten By a Great White Shark

Fisherman Bitten By a Great White Shark

A spearfisherman has been bitten by a suspected great white shark in South Africa. The 43-year-old man was spearfishing off the coast of Ryspunt when the incident occurred. The Betty’s Bay man was bitten on the left leg and thigh and had lacerations on his right hand. His diving buddies used the elastic bands from their spearguns as makeshift tourniquets to stem the bleeding as they boated back to Ariston harbor. The South African police, Overberg Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS, and National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)…

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Man Bitten by a Shark in Myrtle Beach

Man Bitten by a Shark in Myrtle Beach

A man has been bitten by a shark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The unidentified 42-year-old was floating on his back around 3:25 p.m. today near 12th avenue south. The Delaware man felt a tug on his foot as the shark bit down. He was able to shake the shark loose and return to shore.  He believed the shark to be around three to five feet long. He suffered several puncture wounds and was taken to the hospital for treatment. There have been a total of forty-two shark attacks bites…

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Shark Bite at Satellite Beach

Shark Bite at Satellite Beach

A shark bite has been reported at Satellite Beach, Florida. The unidentified man notified Lifeguards he was bitten on the left leg around 2:55 p.m. today. The surfer had been wading in the water off of Pelican Beach Park when he was bitten by what appears to have been a small shark.  He was bitten once on the calf before the fish released his leg and swam off. Brevard County Fire Rescue responded to the scene, but the man declined transportation to the hospital. There have been a total of…

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Tagged Tiger Shark Maroochy is Dead

Tagged Tiger Shark Maroochy is Dead

In May 2016, Maroochy the tiger shark was captured and killed on a baited drumline. Maroochy was a female tiger shark tagged by the nonprofit OCEARCH. The group placed a satellite tag on the shark’s dorsal fin in February 2015 off the coast of Australia.  She was tagged near Fraser Islands, and each time her fin broke the surface of the water, her position would be plotted on the OCEARCH tracking app and website. On May 24, OCEARCH confirmed Maroochy had been killed on a drum line in Bundaberg. Maroochy’s…

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Woman Bitten by a Bull Shark in Florida

Woman Bitten by a Bull Shark in Florida

A woman has been bitten by a bull shark in Florida. Krystal MaGee went sailing with her family on May 21st in Tampa Bay. Once they were around three miles off shore, the group decided to take a swim in the roughly 19 foot deep water. The group was unaware that the bay is a bull shark nursery. MaGee was bitten once on the toes, but wasn’t fully aware of what was happening. When the shark bit down a second time on her left foot, she realized she was in…

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Spearfisherman Bitten by a Shark in Australia

Spearfisherman Bitten by a Shark in Australia

A spearfisherman has been bitten by a shark in Australia. Brad Vale was spearfishing with three friends off the coast of Coral Bay when he was bitten. The 19-year-old Albany teenager had is GoPro camera filming as he dove down and a 5 foot (1.5m) shark started circling him. “I dived down and just sort of sat down at the bottom and a shark came in on me,” he told Perth Now. “He got a bit close then did a big turn at me and charged so I gave him…

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Surfer Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

Surfer Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

A surfer reports being bitten by a shark in Hawaii. The unidentified man said the incident occurred when he was paddling out at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He was off Kalapaki Beach in front of the Marriott Hotel in Lihue when he was bitten on the arm. The surfer reported the shark was three- to –four-feet long. He was able to drive himself to the hospital where he was treated for a single puncture wound. Warning signs were posted along a two-mile stretch of Kalapaki Beach on Kauai’s southeastern…

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Shark Bite in Texas

Shark Bite in Texas

A six-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark in Texas on Tuesday. Marian Melton was floating in a pink ring around 5:30 p.m. off Pirates Beach in Galveston. She was between the sandbars on the way back to the beach with her father and brother when she was bitten on the left leg. Peter Davis of the Galveston Beach Patrol told KHOU “The father heard the daughter scream, she was in knee-deep water, his knee-deep water, she was in a little ring tube and he looked over and saw…

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