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  • The Gold Coast Drumline-Special post from LiQUiFY Magazine

    liquifiy_magazineSwimmers are being warned – monsters sharks are coming in to our beaches in significant numbers this year, they’re lurking just beyond the breakers, stalking and menacing swimmers and surfers. Some of these man-eaters are known for their attacks on people yet thankfully our last line of defence, the vital shark nets and drumlins, are saving so many people from these prehistoric killers.

    Sound familiar? Well it should, we’ve all been hearing this for years in one form or another, with mainstream media and tabloid newspapers leading the charge to sensationalize and vilify our aquatic apex predators. We’ve done up our lead page and written the first paragraph here to highlight how far behind the times general perception still is surrounding the topic of sharks and people. A prime example would be the Western Australian governments. They have been out en mass culling tiger and bull sharks in West Oz waters, all because a white shark tragically took a surfers life. That would be not unlike the concept of slaughtering any large cheetahs nearby because a lion attacked someone.

    To finish this excellent article head over to LiQUiFy Magazine by clicking:  http://www.liquifymag.com/liquify-mag-issue-2  The digital magazine subscription is completely free and only requires a name and email address.  The article starts on page 22 of issue #2.  No worries on spam either.  I subscribed and it’s totally legit.

     

     



  • Tiger Shark Miss Michalove making waves in SC and GA

    Chip Michalove a charter boat captain who specializes in catch and release of large sharks teamed up with OCEARCH to tag Tiger sharks off the South Carolina coast.
    Their first Tiger shark is named after Chips mother Miss Michalove . You can live track her at http://www.ocearch.org/profile/miss_michalove/

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  • Hannah Fraser Dancing with Tiger sharks

    Hannah Fraser is a real life mermaid…well kind of. The 38 year old is a professional underwater mermaid.  More importantly she is a dedicated ocean activist, traveling the world performing as a mermaid for charity projects and commercial events that bring awareness to the ocean and its precious animal life.

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    Hannah can hold her breath for two minutes and can free dive to a depth of 50 ft (15.24M).   She put these skills to good use for her upcoming documentary called Tears of a Mermaid.   In it, she swims with whale sharks, rays and Tiger sharks.

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    So how was it swimming with the tigers?  ‘I was feeling very anxious the first time I got in the water with the tiger sharks.’

    ‘The most important aspect was knowing how their minds worked, finding out what triggered them to use their mouths and teeth to inspect or react to situations and how to avoid doing any of those actions or movements.

    ‘We avoided wearing anything light colored because that may catch their eye and look like a little fish, causing them to bite by accident.

    ‘I learned how to touch them in the right way to allow a connection that they felt comfortable with, and amazingly enough;  I found out that they actually love being tickled on the nose.’

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    Emmy award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs who shot the footage said
    ‘What made this shoot entirely unique was that Hannah was devoid of any scuba or free-dive gear, dressed only in a tiny costume and airbrush body paint to create the perfect artistic vision.

    ‘Without mask, fins or any sort of protective gear, she had to rely solely on her skills, training and experience, along with the diligent support of her expert team, to ensure the shoot went off without a hitch.

    ‘There was no room for error, as one mistake could have resulted in severe injury or worse.

    ‘Despite the risks, the team was resolute in their mission to create the most groundbreaking imagery to oppose not only the Australia shark cull, but also the global slaughter of sharks.’

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    Hannah knows that whenever you dive or swim with sharks there is a risk factor involved.   But for her the reward outweighs the risk.   She says ‘Many people have asked me why I would put my life on the line to do this, especially for dangerous predatory sharks.’

    ‘I feel that all animals play an essential role in keeping our ocean ecosystems in balance.

    ‘We humans have a history of annihilating anything we see as a competition, so much so that we are now threatening our very existence on this planet.

    ‘I advocate for greater understanding and awareness for all sea creatures, and hope to inspire people to see that sharks, despite being one of the world’s most effective predators, are also intelligent, and magnificent animals worthy of protection.

    ‘We are currently killing over 100 million sharks per year, whereas there are only five reported human fatalities by sharks per year worldwide.’

    ‘Who are the real dangerous predators in this equation?’

    12She is correct.   Just this week we had an article about sharks washing up on the beach due to bycatch.   Sharks caught, killed and thrown overboard.   Not to mention all the sharks captured for their fins.   Brought on deck to have their fins sliced off while they are still alive and then thrown back in the waters to drown.

    I will be in touch with Hannah and as soon as I can find a release date for Tears of a Mermaid I will update this article.  In the meantime be sure to visit Hannah’s website http://www.hannahmermaid.com/

    Thanks to Hannah Fraser and Shawn Heinrichs for use of their photos and for fighting for our oceans!!

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  • Tiger Shark left to drown from cull, saved by Perth activists

    tiger shark capThe shark was hooked on a WA Government drum line off Trigg Beach overnight and released by Fisheries officers about 7am.

    But observers on three boats, including a Sea Shepherd vessel and an Animal Amnesty vessel, saw the animal floating just below the surface and begin to turn upside down, indicating it was close to death.

    They swam with the injured shark for more than an hour and a half, helping it to re-oxygenate its vital organs and muscles.

    Among those who swam with the shark, which was bleeding from hook wounds, was Ocean Ramsey, the Hawaiian who shot to fame after riding the dorsal fin of a massive great white shark.

    The 28-year-old is in Perth to document WA’s shark catch and kill program.

    Animal Amnesty spokeswoman Amy-Lea Wilkins, who also helped revive the tiger shark, said: “Everyone was starting to think it was time to give up. Then it gave a kick, then a couple more big kicks and then it swam off. It was really classic.

    “It wasn’t particularly dangerous. We could see the shark was close to death and it was a matter of everyone taking turns — two people swimming with the shark and one spotter.

    “We kept tickling it under the chin and moving it to help get the oxygen into its system. It was really beautiful to see it swim off.”

    Andy Corbe, who was also among the rescue team, said the swimmers held the shark’s pectoral fins as they swam with it just below the surface.

    “It was pretty epic. Luckily we had about 15 people who took it turns to swim with the shark,” he said.

    “It’s not dangerous. These guys are shark experts and the tiger sharks are incredibly tired by the time they get off the Fisheries boat because (the officers) don’t oxygenate them properly.”

    Ms Ramsey was dubbed the “shark whisperer” after she was filmed holding onto the dorsal fin of a five metre great white shark to change perceptions of the apex predator.

    The model, who with a film crew is following the Fisheries vessel patrolling the hooks off Perth beaches, said: “It’s absolutely disturbing and disgusting. It’s disrespectful to nature and even to the community because essentially they are luring sharks closer to shore.”

    She described how on Tuesday she watched as a 3.5 metre (11ft)tiger shark was shot and dumped at sea and a one metre (3ft) tiger shark was released “alive” despite appearing to be dead.

    “It’s a complete waste of life because of the ineffectiveness of the methods. The small sharks aren’t surviving and the large ones are tortured for a long period of time before they are eventually put out of their misery,” she said.

    “The Fisheries guys just don’t know how to handle the animals. They were unable to kill (the larger shark). They started dragging it out as if they had killed and then they realised they hadn’t killed it so they had to stop and shoot it again.

    “It’s hard (to witness) for someone who works with sharks and gets to see them alive, to see how beautiful and misunderstood they are. I feel like this cull is just coming out of fear and is a knee-jerk reaction by politicians because they feel like they have to do something.”

    Ms Ramsey said a shark cull in her native Hawaii from 1959 to 1976 was found to be “completely ineffective” and WA’s policy was not based on sound science.

    Ocean Ramsey Tiger SharkThe shark advocate, who spoke at an Alternatives to Shark Culling Forum in Perth on Sunday, said far more Australians died each year from drownings than shark attacks.

    “To come here and see in our current day and age, with the scientific knowledge we have, a first-world country killing something so vitally important to our ecosystem is shocking and disturbing on so many levels. It’s very hard to stomach,” she said.

    New Zealand shark scientist Riley Elliott is also documenting WA’s shark drum lines as part of a series for NZTV.

    The University of Auckland PhD candidate said the State Government should fund other shark mitigation measures, such as expanding its tagging scheme.

    “This entire policy to protect the beaches came about to save tourism because everyone feared the sharks,” Mr Elliott said.

    “What they’ve done is far more damaging to their image, and how people view Western Australia, than the six or seven shark attacks that there were.”

    Ms Wilkins questioned how many other sharks had been released alive by Fisheries only to die later.

    “It just goes to show how much effort is needed to revive a shark after it’s been hooked on a drum line and not able to move or get oxygen through its gills,” she said.

    Earlier today, a string ray was caught and released off Leighton Beach at 6.30am. It is the first known by-catch since the program started on Australia Day.

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