Model bitten by a shark in the Bahamas

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A model has been bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. Adventure blogger Mareen was traveling through the islands March 1, when she made a stop at Compass Cay. The private island is just south of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park and is known for an abundance of nurse sharks.  Workers at the local marina have been feeding the sharks, many of which have names, for years. Mareen was able to swim with the sharks and took the opportunity to float on her back as she was circled…

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Video: Two rare megamouth sharks found, one alive!

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Two rare megamouth shark findings have been reported in 2017. The two would up the previous know sighting number from 61 to 63. The first specimen was found dead at the Misamis Oriental, a region in the Northern Mindanao of the Philippines.  The shark had washed onto the shoreline of Barangay Baluarte May 1. The nearly 10-foot (3m) long shark was approximately 5-feet (1.5m) wide and weighed in at an estimated 1,322 pounds (600kg). Unfortunately, the rare shark was buried in an effort to keep residents from eating it. It…

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New page: Shark attack prevention

Tracking Sharks has added a new page covering shark attack prevention. The page covers several things that can help prevent negative shark encounters along with information on what to do should you come face to face with a shark. Below is a short excerpt. However, sharks do bite people and there are things you can do to avoid potential danger. Shark attack prevention Do not go into the water if you see a shark. Know the area. Ask lifeguards or locals if sharks have been spotted in the area. Do…

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Video: Fisherman battles great white shark over net?

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Video showing a fisherman battle a great white shark has been shared on social media. David Wilks was fishing with his son Nic off the coast of Port Pirie, South Australia in December. The commercial fisherman ran into a little snag as he pulled a section of net up. An estimated 10-foot great white shark had bit part of the net and would not let go. The shark had originally swum into the net to dine on the freshly caught snapper. Since great white sharks are a protected species, Wilks…

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Spearfisherman bitten by shark in the Philippines

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A fisherman was bitten by a shark March 11 in the LLocos Region of the Philippines Benan Reintegrado was spearfishing with his father north of Manla off the Barangay Villamar in the South China Sea. The 25-year-old had just surfaced after attempting to catch a small fish. As he was holding onto the side of the motorized boat, an estimated 10-foot (3m) long shark grabbed his right thigh. The fisherman held onto the boat as the shark attempted to pull him under.  After the shark released his leg, Reintegrado’s father…

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Aquarium diver bitten by a shark

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An aquarium diver was bitten by a shark May 15. The volunteer diver was doing maintenance at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium around 9:30 a.m. when he was bitten on the finger by a sandbar shark. He was taken to the Tacoma General Hospital in unknown condition. According to The News Tribune, the zoo has canceled all open water dives in the tank until the situation can be reviewed by a dive board. At the time of the incident, the man was in the water with a safety officer…

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Spearfisherman bitten by a shark in the UAE

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Ali Mohamed Al Baloushi was spearfishing off the Khorfakkan coast May 12, when he was bitten by a shark, possibly a mako,  sometime after 7 a.m. The 41-year-old, who has been spearfishing for 16 years, had just come up from a dive and was around 10 feet (3m) from his boat when a shark grabbed his leg. Ali Baloushi’s dive buddy Omar saw the shark biting his friend and shot it twice killing it. Omar was able to help remove the shark from Baloushi’s leg and the two tied the…

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