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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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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70 Tiger Sharks Feast on a Whale

70 Tiger Sharks Feast on a Whale

A drone operator caught the moment 70 tiger sharks feast on a whale. The footage was taken by Jay Cox who works for Eco Abrolhos. Mr. Cox had taken a group of 15 tourists to Western Australia near Dirk Hartog Island on four tenders at Steep Point on Friday. Another boat passed by and told them about the sharks munching on the whale carcass.  The group then headed to watch the action unfold. They were able to get extremely close to the sharks that were focused on the free meal,…

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Tiger Shark Saved in Hawaii

Tiger Shark Saved in Hawaii

Beachgoers help save a tiger shark in Hawaii. The shark was apparently entangled in fishing line and was struggling in the water. Several swimmers went to the aid of the shark and brought it to shore to remove the fishing gear. After removing the entanglement they were able to successfully return the shark to the water. Thankfully no one was injured in the rescue you efforts. Sharks or mano, are respected by the Hawaiian culture and there are many  legends about the creatures. One such legend is the story of…

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OCEARCH Hosts Live Q&A On Facebook

OCEARCH Hosts Live Q&A On Facebook

Shark tracking group OCEARCH hosts a live Q&A on Facebook. Have you ever wondered where sharks go when its cold, how deep do they dive or how many shark babies (pups) does a pregnant great white shark carry? Tonight you will have a chance to pose your shark questions directly to researchers working with OCEARCH, on an expedition to catch and tag great white sharks. The science team is currently on board the research vessel MV OCEARCH, which is off the coast of Jacksonville Florida searching for great white sharks…

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Video: Tiger Shark Freed from Entanglement

Video: Tiger Shark Freed from Entanglement

A tiger shark has been freed from entanglement in Australia. Crayfisherman Justin Small and a friend noticed movement in the waters of a jetty near Abrolhos Island off Western Australia’s Mid West coast. Upon inspection the two noticed a 9 to 10 foot tiger shark entangled in rope. What would you do if you saw a shark tangled in rope? This is what crayfisherman Justin Small did. Posted by ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Mr. Small, who was wearing a GoPro camera, entered the water. He…

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Tiger Shark Killed in the Bahamas

Tiger Shark Killed in the Bahamas

A photo reportedly showing a tiger shark killed in the Bahamas has been circulating online. The photo shows a mature tiger shark with an apparent gun shot wound to it’s head. The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) believes the shark was taken in the Exuma Cays with in the last week. The group posted the detailed statement below on their Facebook Page: “The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) would like to remind the general public that the killing of sharks is currently illegal in The Bahamas. Although the BNT is sensitive to…

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Shark News From Around the Globe 03/01/16

Shark News From Around the Globe 03/01/16

We begin this edition of shark news from around the globe with a visit to the Bahamas. Researchers from the University of New England and the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have been studying female tiger sharks at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. In an effort to determine if the sharks were mature and pregnant, the group not only used visual cues such as mating scars, but also hormone blood tests and ultra sound. Professor James Sulikowski of the University of New England’s Department of…

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Kite Surfer Bitten By Shark

Kite Surfer Bitten By Shark

A kite surfer has been bitten by a shark off the coast of Nouméa, New Caledonia. The unidentified man was apparently sitting on his rig as the shark bit the side of the board. The shark’s bottom jaw hit the bottom of the board and its top teeth went into the man’s thigh. Even though the 21-year-old had several lacerations to his right thigh, he was able to paddle to a nearby reef and then onto the beach. Emergency personal were called and treated the wound on scene before transferring…

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