350lb Tiger Shark Killed by Boat



A tiger shark killed by boat? According to Dave Kamp it happened in the Florida Keys.

Mr. Kamp was fishing for Bait on January 14, off a reef between Seven Mile Bridge and Bahia Honda, when his boat hit something big in the water.

He told Keysinfonet “It was quite a bang. We thought we had hit a shark because of the blood in the water but we had no idea. We were going about 25 knots when we hit this thing. It damaged the engine and we limped back home on one engine.”

After returning to the docks, he loaded the boat onto a lift to check the damage.

That’s when he discovered the carcass of a tiger shark folded over the propeller shaft of his boat.

He estimated the weight of the tiger shark to be 350lbs (159kg).



The impact of hitting the shark caused significant damage to the boat, which Mr. Kamp had just purchased last year.

He said “We didn’t see it before we hit it. We would have certainly done everything to avoid him if we could.”

Hitting anything in the water at speed could cause major damage to a vessel and could be extremely expensive.

There have been some question as to why the shark wasn’t completely destroyed.

I spoke with marine biologist Dr. Alistair Dove of the Georgia Aquarium, who ascertained that Mr. Kamp’s boat has forward facing engines.

An example of a forward drive motor. Photo: Volvo Penta FWD

An example of a forward drive motor. Photo: Volvo Penta FWD

With forward facing engines the propellers are pointed toward the bow of the boat, unlike traditional props which have a gear housing in front of the propeller.

The shark was hit head on and cut by the propellers until it came to rest around the propeller shaft.



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Surfer Pulled off Her Board by Shark in Hawaii?

Kaya with her board. Photo: Lisa Lucas

Kaya with her board. Photo: Lisa Lucas

A surfer on Kauai Island in Hawaii, was pulled off her board by a shark around 11:30 on Monday, January 25th.

Kaya Waldman was out past the main surf break near Hanalei when she saw something grey coming towards her.

At first she thought it might be a buoy, but as it continued towards her, she realized it was a shark.

The shark, which was longer than her 8-foot board, caught the surfboards leash in its mouth and pulled Ms. Waldman off her board and into the water.

She was pulled under the water and dragged for several seconds until she was able to unhook the surfboard leash.

The 15-year-old told The Garden Island she was frightened but felt like “God saved my life” and “He gave me strength and courage to take off the leash.”

Once she had arrived safely at the beach, she reported the incident to life guards who checked the area but did not see a shark.

Since she was so far out and the life guards did not spot the shark, the beach was left open.

She does plan on surfing again as her faith keeps her strong. She said “If you’re ever getting dragged under by something in life and you can’t get to the surface, God will always bring you back up.”

Ms. Waldman went home and began looking at shark photos and believes the shark involved was a tiger.

Tiger sharks have been involved in several shark related incidents over the years.

On January 28, three days after Ms.Waldman’s incident, a tourist sustained bites to his hands that were consistent with a shark bite. The incident was also locate in Hanalei, but was closer to the beach and near a pier.

A paddle boarder was knocked in the water by an estimated 14ft tiger shark one day before Ms. Waldman’s incident. In that case, the shark bit the rear of the paddle board, which knocked the man off and onto the sharks back at Wailea Beach in Maui.

All locations have been marked on the 2016 shark attack bites tracking map.

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Huge Tiger Shark Caught in Australia

Facebook, Offshore Fishing NSW

Facebook, Offshore Fishing NSW

Three fisherman caught a huge tiger shark in Australia.

The 1,379 pound tiger shark may be a new record and was caught on a 33 pound line.

The tiger shark was caught off the country’s south-eastern coast and was weighed at Lake Macquarie.

There is a huge debate as to whether the shark should have been caught or tagged and released.

You can read the comments on the Offshore Fishing Facebook page.

The photo was posted to the groups Facebook page on January 27, 2016.

So what do you think? Catch and release or catch and keep?

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Shark Eats Shark in South Korea

It is a shark eats shark world at the COEX Aquarium located in South Korea.

A female sand tiger shark has been filmed with a male bounded hound shark in its mouth.

The attack happened at around 6:30pm yesterday and 21 hours later only the smaller sharks tail was visible.

Aquarium staff believes the seven foot female may have been protecting her ‘turf’.

Oh Tae-youp,PR manager of COEX aquarium told Daily Mail “Sharks have their own territory. However, sometimes when they bump against each other, they bite out of astonishment.”

The article added that aquarium staff expect the shark will not be able to digest the smaller 4ft shark and will end up regurgitating the remains in about a week.

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14ft Tiger Shark Bites Paddleboard

Photo: Matt Mason.

Photo: Matt Mason.

Matt Mason was out with his wife on Saturday morning when a 14ft tiger shark bit his paddleboard.

The 48-year-old was 150 yards off the shore of Wailea Beach, Hawaii when he felt something ram into the back of his board. At first he believed it was just his wife playing a prank, but looking back he saw a tiger sharks head ‘attached’ to the paddleboard.  The tiger shark twisted its body knocking Mr. Mason onto its back.

Mrs. Mason, who saw the shark swim under her board, just before it latched onto her husbands, yelled for him to punch the shark. Heeding her advice, he began hitting the shark in its midsection, all while the shark still griped his board in its teeth.

Mr. Mason sank in the water and when he surfaced, realized he was no longer connected to his paddleboard. He was able to grab his paddle and quickly swam back toward his board. He told The Pioneer Press “it was like having an aircraft carrier in front of me.”

Once he had made it back to his board, the couple safely paddled back to shore without seeing seeing the shark again. A group of beach goers witnessed the incident with one possibly recording part of the event on a mobile phone.

Natural Resource Officers measured the bite marks left on the board and determined the radius was consistent with a 14-foot shark. The only visible injury was to Mrs. Mason’s finger, from where she had gripped her paddle so tightly during the ordeal.

Mr. Mason was able to purchase the rental paddleboard and plans to hang it at his bar or use it in his hometown lakes.

The location has been marked on the 2016 shark attack bites tracking map.

In 2015 there were a total of eight shark attacks bites in Hawaii. One of which was fatal.

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Two Massive Sharks Caught off Beach

 Jethro Bonnichta Photo: Rouge Offshore

Jethro Bonnichta Photo: Rouge Offshore

Fisherman caught two massive sharks off a beach in Australian.

Jethro Bonnichta and Josh Butterworth reeled in what appears to be an approximately 13 ft tiger shark and a 13 ½ foot hammerhead.

The two shared their photos with Rogue Offshore Facebook.

The tiger shark took around 30-40 minutes to reel in while the hammerhead took about an hour and a half.

Phot Rogue Offshore

Photo: Rogue Offshore

Both sharks were positioned with their heads left in the water so the wave action would provide oxygen to the gills.

Photo:Rogue Offshore

Photo: Rogue Offshore

A spokesperson from Rouge Offshore stated that “Both (sharks were) released and swam off … Conservation is the only way we will have our kids catching fish.”

While catch and release is a great way to manage fishers for the future, hammerhead sharks do not always survive after being caught.

In fact the Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), Smalleye Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna tudes ) and Smalleye Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna zygaena) are listed as endangered on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Hammerheads are also prone to Delayed Mortality.

When the shark becomes stressed, lactic acid builds up internally and the shark is unable to “purge” the chemical which results in the animals’ death.

A study carried out by scientists at the University of Miami on hammerhead, lemon, blacktips, bull, and tiger sharks, discovered that hammerheads were the most likely to die after being caught.

They found that “even with minimal degrees of fighting on a fishing line, hammerheads exhibited the highest levels of lactic acid build of all species studied, followed by blacktip, bull, lemon and tiger sharks.”

The bottom line, hammerheads are not good candidates for catch and release fishing as they may die due to the stress.

Shark fishing is not a very selective sport, as in you never know what is on the line until it comes into view.

Once a hammerhead shark has been identified on a fisherman’s line, the best thing for the shark is to stop reeling it in and safely cut the line as close as possible to the shark’s mouth.

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Tiger Shark Strapped to Bumper

A woman in Australia was shocked to see a shark attached to the bumper of a Jeep.

Julie Wright saw the unusual sight in Safety Bay, a southern suburb of Perth.

Apparently the shark was too heavy to put in the boat and the fisherman decided to attach the shark to the front of his Jeep.

Tiger_shark_straped_Bull_bar_australia.jRach_kershawpgThere is some talk the shark is over sized and should not have been killed.

If true, the fisherman could be facing fines.

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Snorkeler Loses Arm to Shark


Marcio_de_Castro_Palmo_da_SilvaA snorkeler was bitten by a tiger shark in Brazil on Monday.

Marcio de Castro Palma da Silva was diving the protected marine reserve off Brazil’s northeastern coast of Fernando de Noronha at a beach called Baia do Sueste.

The tiger shark severed the 32-year-old’s right arm near the elbow.

Mr. Silva’s wife began crying for help in Portuguese.

Barney Lankester-Owen heard her cries and rushed into the water.

He told Daily Mail  “‘I swam out as fast as I could to him and saw just how bad he was when I got to him. It was just like out of a Jaws movie.

‘His bone was poking out and his muscle tissue was exposed and there was lots of blood.

‘I clicked into a different mode then. I saw that side of that arm was missing and in my head I was rationalising and I found myself asking him if he wanted me to swim around and look for the other part so he’d have a chance of getting it sewn back on.”

‘He said “no” and told me he just wanted me to help him ashore. His wife was in massive shock and wasn’t in a position to help.”

“I got him out of the water as quickly as I could and as we headed to shore he told me it was a massive shark.”

The two walked around 500 yards from the secluded beach for help.

Mr. Silva was taken to St. Luke Hospital and in critical condition.

He survived the incident and released the following statement:

‘I’d like to thank the people who helped me including the British tourist Barney. All those people are the reason why I’m here today doing as well as I am in the circumstances and have a second chance in life.’

This is the first reported shark bite in the marine reserve.

You can watch an interview in Portuguese with Mr. Silva here.

The approximate location has been marked on the 2015 shark attack bites tracking map .

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Last Stop for Lampiao the Tiger Shark

Lampiao_tiger_shark_1Tiger shark Lampiao was tagged on July 30, 2014 off the coast of Brazil at Fernando de Noronha.  The male weighed in at 273 pounds when he was examined by the OCEARCH team during Expedition Brazil.  The last stop for Lampiao the tiger shark was around November 20, 2015, when his transmitter began pinging at a fishing dock in Africa.  Unfortunately it appears he was caught/killed.

Last_stop_for_tiger_shark_lampiaoThis is not the first time a tagged shark has been caught/killed.  Last year Rizzilient the mako shark was caught and possibly finned off the coast of Portugal.

Beamer being tagged OCEARCH

Beamer being tagged OCEARCH

Beamer the blue shark was tagged in New York in 2013 and was caught off the coast of the coast of Costa Rica by a commercial boat that had 3,500 circle hooks and longline that ran 60 miles long.

Cate Ells, a female shark, was tagged July 13, 2014 and was caught by a commercial pelagic fisherman off the coast of New Jersey on May 30, 2015.  The mako shark traveled from New York all the way to the Turks and Caicos, and then all the way back to the United States.


Brenda the great white

In 2012, Brenda a 1,310lb great white shark, died in a gill net.

What I find shocking is that five of the 138 sharks tagged were caught/killed.  What are the odds that five tagged sharks were caught in such a huge area? It’s the ocean, it covers 80% of the world, and yet 4 sharks were caught and tagged, then caught again and eaten or sold.

To make a comparison, If I hid 138 marbles in Yellow Stone National park, how many do you think would be found?

I believe this shows we need more international cooperation to save sharks.  If we don’t do something soon, we may not have any left.

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OCEARCH Expedition Gulf of Mexico

OCEARCH’s Expedition Gulf of Mexico just wrapped up and to celebrate they will be participating in a live Tweet Chat tomorrow with Finley the shark. You can tweet your questions now using the #SharksChat

Finely is a 10 ft female tiger shark that was tagged during the Gulf Expedition and can be tracked online right now.  She was tagged on November 10 and weighed 361 pounds. Since her tagging she has traveled 163 miles.

Tiger_shark_finley_OCEARCHWant to see her being tagged?

Speaking of OCEARCH, I was lucky enough to be welcomed on board their flagship by none other, than expedition leader Chris Fischer.   It was an awesome experience and one I will be sharing with you guys in the near future.  In the mean time be sure to follow Finley, tweet your questions for the #SharksChat and check out my photo from the deck of the M/V OCEARCH.



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