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  • Bahamas shark bite victim press conference

    Lacey Webb Martin was bitten by a shark earlier this month in the Bahamas.

    The bite wound was about the “size of a large pizza” according to Dr. Andrew Rosenthal.

    At first I assumed a Tiger Shark was most likely the culprit, however several news agency are reporting it was an 8 to 10 ft Bull shark.

    Part of a tooth was found in the wound, which may clarify exactly what type of shark it was.

    She said it was “by Gods miracle”; a bite that big with up to 8 pounds of flesh being removed and it just might be a miracle.

    I am still impressed she had the presence of mind to alert her husband and swim back to the boat.

    I assume the rest of her GoPro footage is being kept private, although I would like to know if it actually shows the shark.

    It probably doesn’t as she said “I was hit from behind” or she may wish to licensee the footage to a documentary media outlet.

    Either way, she doesn’t blame the shark and plans to get back in the water. Kudos for that!!

    We wish her a speedy recovery.

     

    Screen cap from GoPro footage right before the bite occurred
    Screen cap from GoPro footage right before the bite occurred

    Random Thoughts

    The visibility in of the water seems pretty poor, so it could be the shark was doing a test bite on something it could not identify.

    Since she was 15 ft from the boat, it seems like the shark could have came back and taken her had it wanted to.

    What do you think? Let us know in the comments.



  • Tiger shark munches on whale

    Click link below for video
    Click link below for video

    A humpback whale expired off the New South Wales southern coast. A family was able to capture some nifty underwater shots of a shark grabbing a free meal while helping clean up the ocean. I like how the shark goes horizontal, using its weight for a better bite.

    Link to video 1 The better of the two

    Link 2 Ariel shot.



  • Woman bitten by shark in Bahamas

    Lacey_webb_martinUpdated: 1/14/15

    Lacey Webb Martin was snorkeling* in the Bahamas Monday when she was bitten by a shark.

    The 34 year old Dallas woman was celebrating her anniversary with husband Britt on their annual trip to Abaco Island.

    The couple were snorkeling in around 8ft of water off Tahiti Beach when an eight-foot shark  bit her back.

    A tooth was left in the would which was originally thought to be from a tiger shark.  KYTX reports it may be from a great white.

    Britt Martin told Local 10 “She was so calm that I thought she was kidding,” “So I swam over there and she pulled herself up on the boat and she was missing half her back.”

    Thankfully she was able to receive medical assistance fairly quickly.

    “We pulled her up on the boat and just wrapped her in a tourniquet with towels and, luckily, there was a doctor on one of the other boats from New York and she came over and they radioed the medics.”

    She was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment, where she will be hospitalized for at least three weeks.

    “You know, you hear about it on TV, but you just never think, ‘Hey, this could happen to us on vacation,” Mr. Martin said.
    Mr. Webb added “She didn’t scream; the doctor said that’s what kept her alive.”

    Please keep Mrs. Martin in your thoughts and prayers.

    This is the third bite/attack of 2015.

    The location has been added to the 2015 shark bites attack tracking map.

     



  • Jawzall a sawzall with shark teeth

    Katherine Corn a Cornell University undergraduate and her colleagues attached sharks teeth to sawzall creating a jawzall to test  shark teeth.

    A sawzall has a reciprocating blade used to cut just about anything.

    The team took 10 teeth each from a sandbar shark, a sixgill shark, a silky shark and a tiger shark, they then used epoxy to attach them to individual blades.

    The saw with teeth blade was then placed on chum salmon in attempt to replicate the sharks back and forth head motion used while attacking prey.

    The results showed that teeth dulled fairly quickly and may be the reason sharks have rapid tooth replacement and affected the amount of food they consume.

    Given the speed of the saw seems much faster than the shake of a sharks head, and the pressure applied was allot less than the pressure of an actual  shark bite.

    Regardless this is a very cool study.

    Just in case you’re wondering the tiger sharks teeth were the deadliest, breaking the salmon’s spine in 6 cuts.

    You can see a video of the Jawzall in action HERE

    Unfortunately it doesn’t show the results.

     

     

     

     



  • Cool photos of Tiger shark

    Over at the Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2848819/Photographer-captures-images-divers-feeding-tiger-sharks-HAND.html

    They are copyright protected so I can’t post them.  They are hand feeding the sharks to “remove hooks” .  Do you agree with hand feeding the sharks or could it create an issue with shark approaching divers for food?



  • Human remains found in Tiger shark

    “A group of Surigao fishermen caught the huge tiger shark in the waters between Bohol and Camiguin islands using only a hook and line. They estimated their catch at around 300 kilograms, or about 660 pounds, but expert diver Jake Miranda of the Surigao Dive Club believes the tiger shark could have been gigantic. The fishermen brought the sun-dried jaw home and it measured 17 inches in diameter, while the shark’s teeth measured about 1.25 inches. Miranda believes the tiger shark could have been over 12 feet long and weighed up to 600 kilograms, or a little over 1,300 pounds.”
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1601142/tiger-shark-attack-human-head-found-belly-1300-pound-shark-fishermen/#KA7wmZ2sDlhrTklJ.99
    Editors note: Sharks will scavenge feed, so the remains may be from an already deceased person.


  • Tiger shark knocks women into water

    Terry Lee and Kim Lawrence were paddleboarding Wednesday morning in murky water when a tiger shark bit Mrs. Lawrence’s board knocking her into the water.

    The pair were in five to six feet of water when the incident occurred.

    “It bit down on her board right here, as you can see all the marks,” Lee told Hawaii News Now. “She falls off and the shark slowly goes this way under her … and she’s struggling to get up so you can’t see if the shark’s got her legs or she’s getting up on her own.”

    Mrs. Lawrence actually stood on the shark as she  attempted to get back on her board.

    She recalled.“ (I) Felt the shark rub up against me, my thought was, ‘Oh my God … he’s gonna bite my leg.’ My instinct was to kick. So I kicked really hard with this heel … still trying to get on my board to get my momentum…so I stepped right off of his back to get back on my board.”

    The shark left a 14 inch bite mark on the board.

    This is the third incident this week.  No injuries were sustained and all occurred in murky waters.

    The incident has been marked on the 2014 shark attack bites map under interactions.

     

     



  • Hook the Tiger Shark shot

    Tiger shark hook bullet

    If you follow our twitter feed you saw the recent tweet about the beloved Tiger Shark Hook was shot. The pregnant shark earned her name due to a broken jaw caused by a fisherman attempting to catch her.  First seen in 2007, she has been a favorite shark friend to those visiting Tiger Beach in the Bahamas.  Luckily she is a survivor and is eating well.
    Read more at  Grindtv.com