Video:14-foot great white shark tagged off South Carolina

A 14-foot great white shark has been tagged off South Carolina. Chip Michalove with Outcast Sports Fishing caught the female shark February 1. The group was 16 miles off the coast of Hilton Head when they hooked the large female. Once the shark was near the boat, it was fitted with tracking devices, but during the tagging, the shark managed to take a bite of the boat. “Just like any animal, they want to get the hell out of town,” Michalove told WLTX19. “You grab anything wild they’re going to…

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Tagged 11-foot Tiger Shark Re-caught off Florida Beach

A tagged 11-foot (3.4 m) tiger shark has been re-caught off a Florida Beach. Zach Wolk caught the shark October 25 while fishing from the Cape San Blas beach in the Gulf of Mexico.  When the Texas angler measured the shark, he noticed it had a scientific tracking tag.   A photo posted by Zach Wolk (@zachwolk) on Nov 5, 2016 at 11:42am PDT “Chubby 11’5 female tiger with a 71-inch girth caught and released, she was previously tagged and her info will be reported! [I] can’t wait to see…

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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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Australia: $1.5 million to be spent on shark prevention

The Australian government has earmarked $1.5 million to be spent on shark prevention programs. While the dollar amount is substantial, the majority of the monies will be spent on the Shark Monitoring Network. Minister of Fisheries Hon. Joe Francis said, “This funding will ensure the maintenance of real-time satellite-linked detection receivers for the Shark Monitoring Network, and includes a capital works allocation of $495,000 for the replacement of up to 18 prototype receivers with the latest versions.” The “real-time satellite-linked detection receivers” are buoys that pick up acoustic pings from…

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Great White Shark Assessment with Dylan Irion

Have you ever wondered how great white shark populations are counted? I spoke with Dylan Irion who has been working with working with Oceans Research, a marine and terrestrial research and conservation organization based in South Africa, for six years.  He graduated with a BSc in General Biology from the University of Maryland, U.S. in 2008 and an MSc in Applied Marine Science (Zoology) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2013. He’s currently carrying out a new white shark population assessment that will encompass several areas of…

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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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Fisherman Caught Shark GPS-tracker tag

Kyle Kritz was on an offshore fishing trip when he landed the catch of a lifetime. The fisherman caught a shark GPS-tracker tag. Mr. Kritz and his friends were looking to catch tuna on a fishing excursion with Voo Doo Fishing Charters looking to catch tuna. The group was fishing an underwater salt dome off the Mississippi river called East Lump. Kritz had put out his line and ended up hooking a scalloped hammerhead shark. The angler fought the shark for around 30 minutes while following it for about a…

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Shark Prevention in Australia

There have been some new developments regarding shark prevention in Australia. Shark barriers have been delayed Eco barriers that were to be placed at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina have been delayed due to the heavy surf. Originally they were to be in place by the end of February, but it’s now looking like it might not be until the end of March. Apparently there have been issues installing anchor poles. The nets will now be permanently fixed with anchors and they will be at angle which will allow water craft…

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Ping Shark Tracking Monitoring Stations Placed in NSW

Ping shark tracking stations are being placed around New South Wales. Two are currently active, one at Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay and a second at Sharpes Beach, Ballina.   The stations are designed to pick up special frequency’s emitted from sharks that have been implanted with special acoustic tracking devices. When a shark with the implanted device swims by the buoy a receiver will record the data and alert monitoring crews to the shark’s presence. The information will identify the species of the shark and allow those monitoring the…

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OCEARCH heads to the Gulf of Mexico

  Non-profit organization OCEARCH, has announced an expedition to expand shark research in the Gulf of Mexico. The group has partnered with the Harte Research Institute (HRI) and assembled a multi-institutional science team. Together they plan to obtain data on the health of gulf sharks. Though they are specifically looking for mako, hammerhead and tiger sharks, they might just run across a great white. Last year great white Katherine was tracked up the coast of Florida, and almost made it to Panama City. The group will focus on the physiology,…

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